Seminarian Speaks: Taylor Fernholz

This is part of a continuing series introducing the seminarians of the Diocese of Sioux City to readers of The Catholic Globe. If you would like to adopt a seminarian – either with prayers or care packages – contact Father Shane Deman at or (712) 233-7522.

Name: Taylor Fernholz4-6Taylor Fernholz

Home Parish: St. Patrick, Estherville

Son of: Greg Showalter, Lisa Fernholz

High School: Estherville Lincoln Central High School, 2012

University: Iowa State University – Ames, chemistry major, religion minor, classics minor

Seminary currently attending: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.

Year in seminary: Pre-Theology I

To what or whom do you attribute your interest in the priesthood: My former pastor, Msgr. Michael Sernett

Coke or Pepsi: Coke

Most important thing you have learned in seminary: Trust God.

Pancakes or French toast: Pancakes

Most used app on your phone: app

Three characteristics of a joyful priest: Prayerful, pastoral and kind.

Saint you pray to and why: Mary the Mother of God, because she always takes care of me.

GM or Ford: GM I guess; I drive a Pontiac.

Bible story that most resonates with you: Jesus’ bread of life discourse, because it strengthened my belief in the Eucharist when I was in high school.

Guilty-pleasure food: Cheesecake

What is something about you people would be surprised to learn: I like to read books in Latin. I am currently working on The Hobbit.

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