Seminarian snapshot
Seminarian: Kyle Dugan
School attended last year: Newman University
Next year will begin: 2nd college
Parish: Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard
Parents: Kelly and Glenn Dugan

By Heather Welch
What has inspired you to discern a vocation to the priesthood?
“I think that is what God is calling me to do, and if it is, then it is the best thing I can do and it’s what I will be most joyful doing more than anything else in the world. I must find out if this is God’s plan for me from the day I was born.”
Where did you work this summer?
“I worked at my Dad’s John Deere dealership with my older brother in the Lawn/Garden section, and helped out around the store. It was fun working for and with my family. It was relaxing, and I learned a lot working with customers. It helped me grow even closer to my family and helped us to stay grounded. We had daily reminders to say prayers for instance.”
What are your hobbies and interests?
“I taught myself to play acoustic guitar, and then I taught my younger brother and we now play together. I also like poker and find I’m pretty good at it.”
Who has been your example of faith?
“If it were not for Father Joe Tatro I probably wouldn’t be here. Meeting him was the biggest turning point for me. My parents taught me the faith and sent me to Catholic school. My older brother, Kurtis, set a good example for me. I’ve always had thoughts about becoming a priest in my mind, but I wasn’t really serious about it until I met Fr. Tatro.”
What are you looking forward to most about returning to seminary?
“I’m looking forward to all the friendships. There are 44 other guys going back to school. We will become close and we’ll hang out. It is so great to have that many other guys going through the same thing I am.”