Name: Patrick Blenman
Home Parish: Holy Angels, Sidney, OH
When did you enter the Seminary? Fall 2014
What is your expected ordination year? 2023
Where are you currently studying? Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, Cincinnati, OH
What are some of your favorite things to do? Some of my favorite thing to do is to hang out with friends, play ultimate Frisbee, go camping, sing, and spend time with youth in parishes. Going to parishes and serving, interacting with the people and youth there, give me the greatest joy, as well as attending Eucharistic Adoration whenever I can.
Do you struggle in your prayer life? If so, how do you respond to that struggle? Struggles in my prayer life happen frequently. The most common struggle I have is feeling God is not with me; that I cannot feel or see God in my life. This leads me to question why I am in seminary, and why I even pray. This is something that is difficult to go through, as it can lead to despair, laziness, and even ceasing prayer in my life. The thing that get me through is going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament when it is dark, preferably right before bed. I then tell Our Lord what I am feeling. I tell Him I feel distant from Him, and am unsure of why I am at seminary, etc. I then sit and listen. Listening is key. Although you may not hear a voice, the Lord usually lets me know what He wants me to do after this. The key is to not stop praying, as God has a plan for everything that happens in your life, even if you don’t know it.
Why did you enter seminary? I entered Seminary to better discern this call I felt from God to become a priest and to serve the people of God. I have felt this feeling since I was 12, and I entered seminary to pursue this calling and to learn more about what God is calling me to, whether it be priesthood or some other path He reveals to me. Many priests encouraged me to enter seminary as well once they learned of my interest in priesthood, and their encouragement helped me to make this next step in figuring out this calling I feel from God.