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Patrick Deneen

Birth Date

October 13, 1997

Parish Location

St. Patrick of Merna, Bloomington

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2020, Class of 2026

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

Why did you become a seminarian?

Before I started discerning the priesthood, I was planning to go to medical school. But in 2018, when I was serving with the Missionaries of Charity on a mission trip to Kolkata, a talk on discernment by a priest from Spain led me to realize that the priesthood (rather than biological fatherhood and medicine) may be how God wants to satisfy my desire to radically love and serve the Church and the world.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2020, majoring in African American and Diaspora Studies and Earth and Environmental Sciences.

An interesting fact about you

My favorite books are Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson and The Power of Silence by Robert Cardinal Sarah and Nicolas Diat, and in my spare time I enjoy lifting weights and playing hurling and Gaelic football, traditional sports from my mother’s home country, Ireland.

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