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Home Parish: St. Mary’s, Sac City
Son of: Kent and Ann Pugh
High School graduate: Kuemper Catholic, Carroll, 2013
College: Conception (Mo.) Seminary College
Year in college: 4th year
To what or whom do you attribute your interest in the priesthood: I attribute my call to the seminary chiefly to Jesus Christ. I believe my parents also played a crucial role in encouraging a vocation to the priesthood because of their openness to God working in through them.
Coke or Pepsi: I’m not really a pop drinker.
Most important thing you have learned in seminary: That is hard to narrow down. Recently, one of the things I have been reflecting on is the massive diversity that is found within the Catholic Church. I have found that sometimes when we build walls between each other, they are easily taken down through conversation. In this way wrongs are corrected, misunderstandings made clear, sins forgiven and wounds healed. Satan would love to see us fight each other, but if we have Christ, what reason do we have for giving into this temptation?
Pancakes or French toast: Pancakes
Most used app on your phone: I guess the Messenger app. I know kinda boring.
Three characteristics of a joyful priest: A joyful priest (1) smiles and laughs frequently, (2) has a sincere prayer life, and (3) celebrates the Sacred Liturgy with devotion and true piety, that is, with love.
Saint you pray to and why: Recently I have been praying to St. Therese of Lisieux for the intention to always remain calm when seeking God’s will, and when I seek it, to go with boldness, without looking back. She is an exemplary saint, in how she shows the confidence it takes to go after the One Thing in everything.
GM or Ford: Well, the Pope drives a Ford, so I side with him.
Bible story that most resonates with you: The Annunciation. Mary’s “Fiat!” always sparks a contemplative mode within me.
Guilty-pleasure food: Chocolate is a serious weakness.
What is something about you people would be surprised to learn: I love to roast my own coffee.