Congratulations to George Staley '10 (pictured left) and Stephen Schumacher '08 (below, right) on being two of the seven men ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. They celebrated their first Mass as transitional deacons at Mary Queen of Peace Church (Webster Groves) and St. Clement of Rome Church (Des Peres) on May 6, respectively.
Staley started thinking about the priesthood when he was in seventh grade after receiving Confirmation and going on his first retreat. "Though at the time I didn't know what the priesthood meant, I had a deep desire to serve other people," he told the St. Louis Review. "In my junior year of high school, I went on another retreat which kindled my love for Jesus and my desire to serve Him and His Church as a priest. I entered seminary after graduating high school in 2010 and have continued to grow in knowledge and love of God and the Church over my past eight years in seminary formation."
According to Schumacher, "I heard the call to the priesthood when I was about 10 years old, and I spent much of grade school and high school expecting to be a priest when I grew up. During my junior year at university, I came to a great deepening of my faith, and I knew that it was 'time to go.' I entered Kenrick-Glennon as a pre-theology student after finishing my degree and a volunteer teaching year at DeSmet Jesuit High School. If someone would ask me, 'Why do you want to be a priest?' my answer would be simple: 'God is calling me.'"