The Priesthood in the 3rd Millennium:
A Young Man’s Call and Journey
Russell Homic, Third Year Seminarian
Holy Apostles Seminary
What does it mean to be in training for the priesthood in the 3rd millennium? What does the formation of a priest entail? What is the future outlook of Catholicism from the perspective of a seminarian?
On Sunday, Mar. 14th, the Adult Faith Formation Team invites you to come and celebrate the Church’s “Year of the Priest”! We are blessed to have Russell Homic coming to talk with us. Russell, a Seminarian studying for the priesthood at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, will share with us his thoughts about the priesthood and his journey to it: the different paths priests may follow to serve, the discernment process, the formation process, and his view of the Catholic priesthood today. He will also present his personal perspective as a seminarian and his outlook for the future as well as for the future of the priesthood.
“Praise be to Jesus Christ, now and forever!
My name is Russell Homic and I am a seminarian for the Sioux Falls, South Dakota diocese. As a seminarian I am discerning a vocation as a diocesan priest. I attend classes at Holy Apostles Seminary, completing my third year of Theology and will be ordained a Transitional Deacon this summer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I have one year of formation remaining prior to priestly ordination.
I was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in a small city called Hamtramck, a small city completely encircled by Detroit. During my childhood it was 90% Polish-Catholic. I attended Catholic elementary and high school. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Detroit, and began work in the banking field. After a number of years in banking, I joined a religious order and lived in Brazil. It was in this contemplative order that I came to realize that I was being called to the diocesan priesthood.
Upon returning to Detroit, a friend introduced me to the Vocations Director for the Sioux Falls diocese. He invited me to spend the summer there, and I fell in love with Sioux Falls. I am now incarnated with them, and God willing, will be ordained a diocesan priest in 2011.”