A product of God's work
By RENEE WEBB, Globe editor
June 26, 2008
For one young man who will soon be ordained to the priesthood for service in
the Diocese of Sioux City, making it to ordination was nothing short of the work
Jeremy Wind will be ordained to the priesthood at 10:30 a.m., June 28, at
Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.
This 28-year-old from Jefferson referred to his call to the priesthood as a
"The first part was to get me into seminary and the second part was to
convince me that being a priest would be okay for me," he said.
Wind pointed out that following graduation from Jefferson-Scranton High
School, he attended Iowa State University for 18 months. He was studying to be a
teacher, had a girlfriend and consideration of the priesthood wasn't even on the
That slowly changed.
He had three people ask him if he had ever considered being a priest - his
youth minister, a Catholic man from Carroll and the third, and most unlikely,
was an Evangelical Protestant.
"I told each of these people 'no' and that I was pretty set on getting
married and having children," he said.
In time, Wind realized that these people had seen a gift within him and he
could no longer put off consideration of a vocation.
"I decided that maybe God was saying something - maybe I should go to
the seminary," he said.
So in the winter/spring semester of his sophomore year of college, he
transferred to the college seminary program at the University of St. Thomas but
he didn't go with any high expectations. He went to the seminary to discover all
of the reasons why he couldn't be a priest.
"I didn't want it," he acknowledged. "I had some
misconceptions about the priesthood and about the life of a priest."
Eventually his misconceptions about the priesthood were cleared up and he
said he received healing for some of the personal problems in his life. His
prayer life strengthened and he realized that he could be happy as a priest.
Wind credited God.
"He certainly is very persistent and convincing. About every objection
he would reveal and let me know another way to look at it or a different side of
the story," said Wind. "I attribute it not to a particular thing but
to God's work."
After a semester at the University of St. Thomas, he transferred to
Conception Seminary. His major seminary studies were at St. Meinrad School of
Listening to God's direction has always been important to him and it will not
end at ordination.
"God has called me to work with Hispanics because that's the need in
Storm Lake and I will also be working with the school. I enjoy both of
those," said Wind, who has been appointed parochial vicar of St. Mary
Church in Storm Lake. "I enjoy most everything God asks me to do."
He studied Spanish in high school and college, but gained even greater skills
during a two-month language emersion program in Mexico. He participated in that
program before starting major seminary studies at St. Meinrad.
While he hasn't lived inside the priesthood, Wind said he anticipates that he
will enjoy celebrating the sacraments and particularly looks forward to
confessions. As a deacon he has had the opportunity to preach, do baptisms and
"The thing that most draws me to the priesthood is that this is what God
wants and I'm happy. I never thought I'd be happy with what he has asked me to
do, but I am," he said.
He pointed out that in studies on job satisfaction in recent years, priests
have come out No. 1, out of all of the professions. He finds that encouraging.
The son of Tom and Sue Wind, he is the oldest of three children. His siblings
are Marieta and Chris.
His enhanced prayer life and the support of the people - various groups and
individuals from across the diocese - has affirmed his decision to follow the
call to priesthood.
Within weeks of his ordination to the transitional diaconate, Wind had the
opportunity to take part in a three-week evangelization trip to Honduras.
"I went to mountain villages, preaching, baptizing, teaching and
visiting a lot of homes for house blessings," he said.
While he believes that celebrating the sacraments will provide one of
greatest sources of joy in the priesthood, on the other hand, he believes that
the long hours and heavy workload will offer the greatest challenge.
During the actual ordination ceremony, he said he looks forward to the laying
on of hands. He also looks forward to being ordained with Shane Deman.
"I think it's great to show there are two young men who are serious
about God and willing to follow him as priests," noted Wind, who said Shane
is a "good guy and we get along. He's a great guy to be ordained