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Michael Olsta

Birth Date

April 1, 1990

Parish Location

St. Matthew, Champaign

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered 2016, Class of 2022

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

Why did you become a seminarian?

I was struggling to understand my purpose when my ever-patient mother talked to me about more deeply discerning God’s will for me. Through deeper prayer I started to see the role of the priest in the sacraments in a whole new light. Through spiritual direction I began to more acutely understand my weaknesses and how God could work through me to overcome them. Eventually, I knew I needed seminary life to take that discernment further.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I was a substitute teacher in Champaign.

An interesting fact about you

I was my school’s first prom king, and I have an encyclopedic knowledge of nature.

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