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Jack Watt

Birth Date

December 7, 1996

Parish Location

Epiphany Parish, Normal

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2019, Class of 2025

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

Why did you become a seminarian?

I became a seminarian because I believe God has called me to be His Priest and I trust in His call. When I was a junior in college, I began to ask God what he wanted for my life. The unexpected answer came while I was attending Mass. It was if a spark had ignited within my heart and deep down I knew that the Lord was pulling me towards the priesthood. When I felt this burning in my heart, I remembered the disciples on the road to Emmaus. “Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way?” Just as Simeon of Cyrene was picked out of the crowd to carry the cross of Christ, I too was picked and encountered the Son of God. I never imagined any of this. My life is forever changed and forever His.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I was studying architecture at the University of Illinois. I planned on using my skills to pursue a career as a Walt Disney Imagineer designing the theme parks.

An interesting fact about you

I got to float in the Dead Sea and ride on a camel.

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