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Chip Chipman

Birth Date

November 6, 1985

Parish Location

St. Patrick of Merna, Bloomington

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2014, Class of 2020

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

Why did you become a seminarian?

After studying psychology and sociology, I knew that God was calling me to help people. At first, I thought I would be helping others as a doctor in mental health. God has revealed in prayer that He wants me to be a different kind of doctor, one that takes care of the soul. When I was driving back from a discernment weekend I remember saying “yes” to God’s call and was filled with amazing peace that has never left me. +Cardinal George said to our discernment group, “Remember, while you are a seminarian, your altar is your desk.” I hope to live up to his expectation to “study well” as a seminarian and to “serve well” as a parish priest in our diocese.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I was the assistant director of programs at the Saint Vincent DePaul Society of Saint Joseph County in South Bend, Indiana.

An interesting fact about you

I grew up with Bishop Jenky in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and he concelebrated the last sacrament I received, Confirmation, in the year 2000. In 2020, I hope to receive, as God wills, ordination to sacred orders from Bishop Jenky as well.

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