Connor Hetzel

Education Experience: Seton Home Study and Boardman High School; Bachelors of Science in Physics at Youngstown State University

Work Experience: I worked in grocery, then in research in Physics at Youngstown State University.

Favorite Saint(s):  St. Thomas Aquinas, because, by his example, he teaches us to think well and to let our use of reason to lead us to close relationship with our God through prayer.

Hobbies/Interests: Many – camping, tennis, swimming, basketball, reading, Physics, and learning languages

Family Background:  I am the oldest of eight children. I have six brothers and one sister. With a full house, there is never a dull moment in life.

What led you to consider the priesthood: It took far too great a sense of certitude for me to enter seminary. Even with that said, it is still a discernment while I am here. I considered the seminary, because so many people told me that I would make a good priest. For the longest time I tried to ignore these people, but I never had peace. Finally, I took it to prayer and it is as though God hit me over the head with silence. When I finally opened myself to the possibility of entering seminary, I realized that I had known that I needed to enter the whole time.

Favorite thing about Seminary Life: The Fraternity. The brotherhood is amazing. There is nothing like living with seventy or so brothers in Christ who will keep you humble when you need it and also help you to raise your self-esteem when feeling down.

Advice for guys considering Priesthood: I’ve been praying with Elijah recently. Like Elijah, we can find God in the quiet whisper outside the mountain cave. (1 King 19:9-16). Take some time every day in quiet prayer (before the Blessed Sacrament, if you can). During this time (and it can be short) simply ask God for strength–the strength to be open and do his will.

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