On this broadcast, Deacon Edward Voltz of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Seminarian J.D. Mathern of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana join Jerry Usher at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Deacon Voltz says it was at a Lutheran Summer Camp that he began a life of prayer, which led him to a deeper faith. At a Trappist monastery kneeling before the crucifix, he relates hearing the words if Christ, “I’ve been patient with you, why won’t you be patient with me?” He says it was then that he began having a gradual deepening understanding and love of his Catholic faith.
It was after he began a job in youth ministry that the thoughts of the priesthood came to mind. He says he began to fall in love with the people of the parish…a deep sense of fatherhood.
Deacon Voltz says it was when he felt the deep sense of the love of God, his heart was transformed and he knew he was called to the priesthood.
Also on this broadcast, Seminarian J.D. Mathern says it was as a student at Louisiana State University that he noticed a deeper sense of conversion in his heart for his Catholic faith. He was involved in a retreat group at LSU, when he felt “the stirring” where God invited him to be all that he was created to be.
During his time at IPF, he says he learned to be quiet and listen to God.
J.D. suggests that young men find time to pray and to be with God. He says it’s best to discern with God.