Seminarian Speaks: Derek Probst

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12-21Derek (1)Name: Derek Probst

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.

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