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Luke Olson

Birth Date

February 20, 2001

Parish Location

St. Pius X, Rock Island

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2019, Class of 2027

Studying at
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, MN

Why did you become a seminarian?

From a young age I have been intrigued by the priesthood. However, I didn’t have an actual and prominent desire to become a priest until after I began altar serving at my parish at the age of 13. While serving, I slowly started to fall in love with the Mass, the priesthood, and most importantly, the Eucharist, which was only expedited by my pastor’s example and encouragement. What finally sold me on the idea of becoming a seminarian was coming out of my relatively sheltered childhood environment, seeing the state of the world, and having an urge to give of myself to help souls achieve what they had unknowingly deprived themselves of.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I was a homeschooled high school student dual-enrolled at Black Hawk Community College, where I also worked as a lifeguard.

An interesting fact about you

Before I joined seminary, I was heavily involved in my Boy Scout troop, and I enjoy making traditionally popped popcorn.

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