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: All Saints Parish, Le Mars
Son of: David and Nancy Probst
Eye color: Blue
High School graduate when/where: Gehlen Catholic, class of 2013
College degree earned when/where/major: No college degree earned yet. I was a year and a half from having a chemical engineering degree and a general engineering degree from Benedictine College when I decided to go to seminary.
Name of seminary currently attending: Conception (Mo.) Seminary College
Year in seminary: Junior
How you discerned God was calling you to be a priest: Gentle prodding in the back of my mind for years on end combined with an – eventual – openness to listening to God’s plan for me instead of my own plans.
Batman or Superman: Batman
Most important thing you have learned in seminary: Having a relationship with God is the same as having a relationship with anyone else. It takes effort and time.
Dog or cat: Cat, wait; no, dog; no, cat; both. Can I say both?
Three characteristics of a joyful priest: (1) Strong relationship with the Lord, (2) altruism, (3) the ability to laugh.
Bacon or sausage: Bacon bacon bacon bacon.
Favorite image of Jesus: Christ, the ever-merciful.
Guilty-pleasure food: Banana bars with cream cheese frosting.
Hymn that resonates with you: O God Beyond All Praising
Senseless fear: Sea Urchins
What is something about you people would be surprised to learn: I make my bed almost every day.