2022 - 23: College Freshman
St. Pius X Seminary, Loras College, Dubuque, IA
My name is Andrew Robey and I am from St. Joseph's parish in Des Moines. I graduated from Dowling Catholic in 2022, and I am a seminarian for the diocese of Des Moines.
My first thoughts about the priesthood arose when I was in 5th grade, when a friend of mine had brought up the idea of becoming a priest. In that same year my brother had joined seminary, and I was intrigued by his decision. I also began serving at mass, and loved assisting at the altar. One morning at the breakfast table, I told my mom that I was going to be a priest, and since then, It has always been in the back of my mind. I have had uncertainties along the way, but the feeling that I should be a priest never left.
My faith grew significantly in my last two years of high school. I began going to daily Mass my junior year and it quickly became an inseparable part of my day. This, along with frequent visits to Eucharistic adoration and receiving the sacrament of reconciliation on a regular basis, continued to strengthen my call. My junior year, I decided to reach out to Fr. Ross Parker and I applied for the seminary.
When I think about the fact that God may be calling me to the priesthood, I am extraordinarily humbled. I feel peace and joy with my decision to enter seminary, and I trust that by God's grace I will be made worthy of the priesthood. Please continue to pray for me and all of our seminarians.