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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (712) 233-7522.
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: Chess.com 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.