Deacon Scott Kopp

Education Experience: Dover High School, University of Akron (BA Theatre Arts), Walsh University (MA Theology)

Work Experience: Campus Minister, Archbishop Hoban High School, Akron, OH (2002-2012); Youth Minister, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Parma, OH (2000-2002)

Favorite Saint(s): St. Joseph and St. Francis of Assisi.  St. Joseph accepted a huge responsibility and stayed an honorable man.  St. Francis gave up everything to follow the will of God in his life.

Hobbies/Interests: Research, reading, spending time with friends.

Family Background: My father is a retired steelworker.  My mother is a front desk worker at the county credit union and my stepfather sells insurance.  I have one older brother who is in business. Also 2 step-brothers, and 3 sisters-in-law.

What led you to consider the priesthood: I tried religious life right after college.  I was inspired by the Capuchin Friars who staffed my home parish.  Yet after a couple of years I discerned this was not my place.  While working as Campus Minister at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, I was drawn to much of the ministry and time spent with the students.  Yet I wanted something more.  With time, I discovered that more was the sacraments.  To not just offer counseling, but the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  To not just lead a prayer service, but to celebrate the Mass.  It was a logical fit.

Favorite thing about Seminary Life: My favorite things are the random theological discussions and being surrounded by men discerning the same thing.  There are so few of us, it is nice to band together during formation.  Classes can be intense yet very beneficial.  I love when things just seem to click theologically; how it all fits and flows over into the life of prayer.  That’s when you know you are really integrating it all.

Advice for guys considering Priesthood: Trust those who are your true friends. Believe that God will speak through them as well.  Keep up a regular daily prayer life. Spend some time every day in quiet, getting in touch with God at the center of your being.  You don’t have to do anything or say anything in these moments. Add a little more time for prayer than you are now.

Add an additional Mass each week than just Sundays.  Do a little more volunteer work.  These are the places God will speak to you about your vocation.

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