Deacon Zachary Coulter

Favorite Saint: St. Longin was the centurion guard who pierced the side of Christ. Some of the precious blood fell into his failing eyes and they were instantly cured. This was a conversion experience for him and later he became an early martyr of the Church. His story speaks so strongly about conversion and redemption and he has always been a favorite of mine.

Hobbies/ Interests: I lean to the more nerdy side of things. I love video games and fantasy novels. I am a history buff and a big superhero fan. (I liked Ironman before the movies even came out!)

Family: I come from a big family. I have 8 brothers and sisters and a gaggle of nieces and nephews, several of whom are my godchildren. They are a big part of my life.

School and Work: I graduated from Ursuline High School in 2007. I went to Franciscan University of Steubenville for a few years before transferring into seminary. I graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus and am currently attending Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati. During college and breaks I worked in a nursing home in the kitchen. (two of my younger brothers still work there today.)

What led you to consider the priesthood? During my time in college I came to deeper understanding of my faith. The faith had always been a central part of my and my family’s life, but at college it took on a more personal character. I prayed a lot more and this led me to feel a call to the priesthood. It took a while for me to accept this call, but eventually I felt comfortable enough to talk to my friends and family about it. And this all led me to the Director of Vocations and then seminary.

Favorite thing about Seminary Life: The community is really great. Everyone there is striving to become a better person and discover God’s call for them. Some realize that they are not called to the priesthood, and that is fine. But they are all seeking to be better people and better Christians, which makes for a great group of guys to be around. Seminary has been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

Advice to guys considering the priesthood: Seminary is a great place of discernment. It helps you to figure out where God is calling you: to the priesthood, married life or something else. Don’t be scared of it and don’t be scared to talk to your friends, family, or a priest about what’s going on.

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