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Deacon Daniel McShane

Birth Date

February 14, 1990

Parish Location

Holy Family, Lincoln

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2013, Class of 2019

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

Why did you become a seminarian?

I became a seminarian because I believe the Lord wants me to become His priest. After deepening my faith in college, I had done just about as much discerning as one man can do outside of the seminary. I tried running from and avoiding the Lord’s call, but I never found peace in running away from Him. Eventually, I gave up and prayed the prayer Jesus prayed in the garden: “Not my will but Thine be done.”  It’s a prayer I pray everyday.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

Before I entered seminary, I studied history and philosophy at the University of Illinois and served as an RA at the Newman Center on campus. I also worked at a meat market.

An interesting fact about you:

I completed a Tough Mudder in Indiana on November 20th,
when it was 40 degrees outside, and I was carried across
the finish line half-conscious.

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