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Profile: Deacon Pete Logsdon

 

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DOB: December 29

HOME PARISH: St. Patrick, Kokomo

SEMINARY: St. Meinrad School of Theology

CLASS: IV Theology

YEAR ENTERED SEMINARY: 2008

ORDINATION YEAR: 2014

DEGREES: B.S. in Psychology, A.A.S. in Physical Therapy, and a Masters in Philosophy

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:12years as a Physical Therapist Assistant

HOBBIES: Martial Arts, Traveling, Woodworking

TALENT: Teaching

FAVORITE EXPERIENCE: Traveling to Rome

NOTABLE FACTS: From California, educated in North Dakota, have lived in Indiana for 18years

QUOTE: “A Person can justify almost anything if they talk about it long enough!” & “An excuse is just a sugar covered lie!”

FAVORITE SAINT: St. Padre Pio

FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE: G.K. Chesterton

FAVORITE SPORT:Baseball

FAVORITE MOVIE: IP Man (2008)

FAVORITE BOOK: The Inferno Dante

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November 9, 2013 · 6:23 PM

Seminarian Sean Aaron

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St. Joan of Arc, Kokomo, IN

Sean attributes his discernment process to a combination of prayer, adoration, silent retreats and confession. He was involved with Christ Renews His Parish, RCIA, high school religious education, as well as volunteering at his parish festival. These activities, plus his work/career and coaching youth were instrumental in his discernment to become a seminarian. Father Kenneth Raczek, who is a family friend, is an example to Sean in his own love for the priesthood and his calling. Sean’s uncle, Father John M. Kinney, was called to the priesthood at an early age and inspired him by his love for his vocation and his enjoyment in teaching the faith to others. Father Ted Dudzinski was another influential priest for Sean in that he was centered in prayer, the Mass and the sacraments, and led by his example.

We will be praying for you Seminarian Sean Aaron! Best wishes at the start of the year of studies!

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September 1, 2013 · 7:23 PM

Seminarian Miles Newkirk

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St. Maria Goretti, Westfield, IN

Miles attributes a great deal to his participation in the Knights of the Holy Temple, though the biggest factor was spiritual direction and talking to others about seminary. He was involved in his youth group, Senior Retreat and other retreats, and these helped guide him towards his current path. The priests that were most influential for him spiritually were Father Hasser and Father Shocklee, as well as Father Kevin, who he says was very supportive and informative for his decision.

We wish Miles the best as he starts his journey and our prayers are with him and his family!

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September 1, 2013 · 7:16 PM

Seminarian Cole Daily (2017)

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HOME PARISH: St. Patrick, Kokomo

SEMINARY: Mount St. Mary’s

CLASS: I Theo

  • Anyone out there who is discerning a vocation to the priesthood may have many reservations and fears about the sacrifice that is involved. The most important thing to remember is this: God cannot be outdone in generosity. While we sacrifice many things for Him, He has sacrificed everything, including His only Son, for us. And what is life without sacrifice? If you want to be truly great, to live life to the full and not merely exist, then you must be willing to lay down your life in a selfless gift of love, whether it be in marriage or priesthood. Perhaps you doubt your own ability, and rightly so. None of us can do it on our own. That is why God is the one who acts in us and through us: He forms and transforms us through the power of the Holy Spirit to be worthy imitators of Christ. All we must do is say “yes” just as Mary did, and if we do that, we will be truly happy. Ever since I said “yes” to God’s call, I have been happier than at any time during my whole life. While the daily sacrifice of myself is not easy, it is never boring, because I am no longer living only for myself, but for Christ and His Bride the Church.
  • What about my girlfriend? – If God is calling you to be a priest, then you will love her more by letting her go, even if it does not seem like it at the time. It will be painful for both of you, but God understands. He has called both of you from your birth for a special mission, and you can only fulfill that mission by answering His call.
  • What about my parents? – All parents are different: some will be ecstatic to hear that you want to surrender your life to Christ, and others may be put off. Regardless, you must be honest with them and let them know that you will be happy doing God’s will. Our joy is our greatest witness to the Truth. Also, remember that you are becoming a man, and every man must leave his home at some point to start a life of his own. While it can be difficult, this is a necessary part of life, and it can be very exciting. Do not be afraid to take the step into the unknown, for God’s almighty love is the source of our strength.

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August 22, 2013 · 8:20 PM

Postulant Leah Daily

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Get to know one of the newest postulants!

I recently asked Leah Daily a few questions about herself.

Q. What activities were you involved in before applying to the convent?

A. I love to be outside, hiking, camping, or bike riding. I also enjoy music and have been playing the violin for 13 years. Classical pieces and Irish fiddle tunes are my favorite types of music to play. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, baking, and doing crafts, such as making rosaries and cards. I was involved in the Kokomo Symphony Youth Orchestra for 10 years and the Guerin Catholic Orchestra for 4 years. I also was a sacristan at my parish, a 10 year member of 4-H, and a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo.

Q. What/who helped you in discerning your vocation?

A. There were so many people who helped me in my discernment, it is hard to know where to begin! My brother, the witness of our seminarians, Father Hasser, and Sr. Cora Marie OP (from Kokomo) are just a few. I also visited the Sisters from my community in Carmel several times. I prayed with them, recreated with them, and visited their classrooms. I also attended a vocation retreat at the Motherhouse in Nashville in January of this year. Being with the sisters helped me to see the religious life lived out in a beautiful way! Spending time in Adoration, developing a devotion to Our Lady, and attending Mass at least a few times throughout the week helped me to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord and understand His will in my life, as well as the courage to follow Him! Learning about the lives of the Saints and asking for their intercession was definitely helpful for me during the past few years. I especially love Our Blessed Mother, St. Therese the Little Flower, St. Clare, and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (who was a lay Dominican!).

Q. What are you most excited about in your next steps?

A. I am so excited to be formed by the community and to grow in understanding of myself and in my relationship with Christ.

Q. What do you anticipate your life to be like in the next year?

A. For the next year my days will be spent in prayer, studying at Aquinas College, recreating with my sisters (including playing sports!), helping with cleaning and serving dinner, and learning what it means to be a Dominican Sister of Saint Cecilia! I will also be getting to know my sisters and learning how to chant the Divine Office. There are at least 23 other young women entering with me next month on August 15.

Q. What advice do you have for others–both those discerning and the friends/family of those who haven’t discovered their vocation yet?

A. Receiving the Sacraments regularly, including daily Mass and frequent confession, is sooo important in discernment because they help us to develop a close relationship with Christ. Also, remember that the Lord has something amazing planned for each of one of us and He gives us the courage to follow Him. A vocation is a Divine initiative that calls for a human response – both are made in love and it is such a beautiful thing!

Q. Something interesting about you that you’d like to share/random fact about you?

A. I am the first graduate of Guerin Catholic High School to enter the religious life. 🙂

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August 15, 2013 · 6:44 PM

Seminarian James Baxter (2017)

IS IT WORTH IT? If you have felt the call of God to seminary, even remotely, you have now two options remaining: only two.  First, you can enter into a fraternity that enables you to more deeply discern God’s will every day. You leave either a priest or a man who has truly discerned his vocation to marriage. Regardless, you leave as a father. In a fatherless culture, this is beyond value. Continue reading

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July 8, 2013 · 2:18 PM

Seminarian Derek Aaron (2016)

“God creates us with different gifts and talents.  How boring would it be if we were all the same?!”

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April 22, 2013 · 12:00 PM