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Zachary Leskanich

Birth Date

April 8, 1994

Parish Location

St. Michael the Archangel, Streator

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2013, Class of 2020

Studying at
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, MN

Why did you become a seminarian?

I always felt that God was calling me to bigger and better things. I looked into several career areas, but whatever I looked into, I got the feeling that God was telling me, “No, that’s not for you.” It was during Lent of my freshman year of college that I stopped looking for a career, and put it in His hands. And he answered, “Zak, be my priest.”

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I was studying engineering at Illinois Valley Community College, helping Dad on the farm, and I was a volunteer firefighter.

An interesting fact about you

I’m color deficient.

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