Life Experiences: Pete Logsdon

I have been blessed to fly under the radar these past five years, meaning that no one has really asked me to write about myself. Now, I have been asked to describe some of my experiences that have led me to this point in discernment and some unique things about me that I will be bringing to the priesthood.  As I am currently studying Teresa of Avila, she advises that much spiritual growth can come out of obedience, even when it is not a natural desire. So I would like to begin in humility, asking that you who read this try to understand that God has gotten me to this point, and I am sure that He is calling me to serve Him at the altar.

I was born and raised in a Catholic family in Sacramento, California. In 1989, I moved to North Dakota to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. I received a B.S. in psychology and an AAS in Physical Therapy and then moved to Indiana in 1996. I lived in Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, and Kokomo, which are providentially all in the Diocese of Lafayette. In those years, I worked in most settings that a Physical Therapist Assistant can work from acute care to home health to the nursing home.

 

Martial Arts

Peter started his career in Martial Arts in 1990

In my years as a PTA, I realized that there is a great need for good to be done for others and much good that I could do for them, but that many times the care that you can provide is limited by requirements imposed by insurance and outcome projections. Many times I would spend free time in the facility and just visit with both staff and patients. Towards the end of my working career, I would take my dog, Gandolph, in to the nursing home where he was adopted by many of the residents. The one thing that I remember most about my time as a PTA was the great need that people have for relationship; just a simple connection and a sense that others care about you. This great desire can only be satisfied by something greater than ourselves, because the relationships we have here are only beneficial if they guide us to something beyond ourselves.

Another formational life activity of mine has been martial arts. I started my martial art career in 1990 at the prompting of my college roommates, and it has grown into an experience which has formed me in many ways. Through martial arts I have learned discipline, focus and confidence. There have been troubled times when I thought that I could not go on, and many of my fellow Karate-ka (karate students) have supported me. I learned to be humble in winning and gracious in losing. I have also met some good people who I am glad to call friends, who have guided me, watched my back and who would be there in an instant if I needed them. In assimilating this into my formation, I have come to understand the innate need for each of us to be accepted and supported by our community. I see this in the seminary and in the parish life, which brings joy to those who join together in a common belief.

 

Working with Cooperative Action for  Community Development (CACD)

Working with Cooperative Action for Community Development (CACD)

So people don’t think that I only sit around with my nose in a book or in the chapel praying (which I do spend a lot of worthwhile time doing) I would like to mention one of the outreach programs I am involved in here at Saint Meinrad that has also contributed to my formation. The Cooperative Action for Community Development (CACD) organization was begun about 40 years ago and has assisted people in the community around Saint Meinrad, while giving seminarians an opportunity to use their pastoral education in a real environment. One of the only remaining branches of CACD is project WARM.

I am in my second year as manager of CACD. We are charged with collecting, splitting, seasoning and delivering firewood to people of southern Indiana whose only means of heat year round is a fireplace. So often, I think that our time in seminary is perceived as a time when seminarians go away and prepare to be ministers in the Church – but that is only part of the picture. Our role does not change, we grow and are formed, and to grow we need outlets to grow in. CACD is one of those opportunities. I have a desire to reach out to people in need and do for them what needs to be done. This unique opportunity has also helped me develop management skills, foster fraternity in the seminary community, and help others to explore their desire to do charitable acts for others. Having an opportunity to be formed by Benedictines, I have resonated with one of their mottos: Ora Et Labora (which translates to: pray and work.)

 

St. Patrick Church, Kokomo

St. Patrick Church, Kokomo

I must add that being a transplant from California to Indiana might seem like it would be a difficult thing, being away from family and the roots that I grew up with, but my parish family has really become a part of who I am as both a Catholic man and as a person. Everyone from the parish staff, the youth group, the teachers in the school and those that just stop to give words of encouragement after Mass, have all helped me to remember that this is not a path that I am taking by myself or for myself. This is the path that God has set before me, and the people of God are behind me every step of the way.

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1 Comment

January 17, 2013 · 2:46 PM

One response to “Life Experiences: Pete Logsdon

  1. Chris Bratton

    I enjoyed our 9 holes of golf last week and will be in prayer for your life as a “Pastor”.
    God will certainly be faithful to use all of your life experiences to love His children through you!
    EnJoy!

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