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Deacon Austin Bosse

Birth Date

October 15, 1986

Parish Location

St. Matthew, Champaign

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2015, Class of 2021

Studying at
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD

Why did you become a seminarian?

After college, I began to develop a solid prayer life and began to immerse myself in the sacraments by going to regular confession and daily Mass. After couple of subtle moments of hearing God calling me, I began to investigate and read about the priesthood. It wasn’t until going on a retreat and opening my heart to do the will of God that I was able to hear with certainty that God wanted me to be his Priest. It has been a long journey, but I have come to realize that I will never be truly happy or satisfied until I am doing the will of God, and for me that means going to seminary in order to further my discernment.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I worked as an operations manager for Frito-Lay for four and a half years.

An interesting fact about you

I grew up on a feedlot in northeast Kansas and enjoy hunting and snowboarding.

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