Jacob Sebest

Education Experience: Ursuline High School

Work Experience: Grocery Store, Funeral Home, Summer Camp Assistant for the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Favorite Saint(s):  St. Moses the Black- He lived a life of killing and stealing and even led a gang. When the law tried to find him, he hid in a monastery and ended up becoming a monk. While there, a gang tried to rob the monastery and St. Moses single handedly stopped them and even converted them. They eventually became monks. I like him because he shows that we never know what God has in store for us. He is a great example of how everything happens for a reason; we just need to trust in God.

Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, Biking, Sports, Music

Family Background:  My mother is Marcy Sebest, and is currently working at Ursuline High School. My father is Joseph Sebest Jr., and he was a CPA, but he passed away in 2012. My brother is Joseph Sebest III, and is a student at Youngstown State University studying Business.

What led you to consider the priesthood: I have always wanted to be a priest since I was very young. I remember “playing priest” in my basement as a young child. I had various struggles going back and forth in my discernment process, but I have had great help and guidance from the Holy Spirit. When I was 5, I miraculously survived a drowning incident which led me to discern what I need to do with my life and made me focus on what God wants me to do. Not just what I want. When I was 14 and my father passed away, it led me to pray and discern even more. By the time I graduated high school, I wanted to join the seminary very much.

Favorite thing about Seminary Life:  Getting to grow in my faith and becoming the best possible version of myself is the most important part of everyday and everyone understands that. Another thing I love, is the great sense of fraternity. Your seminarian brothers push you to do great things and it is great to be surrounded by people on a similar mission in life.

Advice for guys considering Priesthood: Listen to God!!! If you want to join, but you don’t feel that is what God wants, just keep discerning. If you don’t want to be a priest, but you feel that is what God is calling you to do, then keep praying! God knows what’s best for us and what will make us the happiest. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

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