Nic Ventura

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Nic Ventura, Seminarian, Pontifical College Josephinum

941943_10152801328675394_859715134_nDiocese of Columbus, St. Mary’s, Lancaster, Parishioner

Nic Ventura, Fisher Catholic graduate, attended Otterbein College for one year as a pre-med student and transferred to the Josephinum, August, 2008.

“I have thought about being a priest since first grade. The call keeps coming back and recently I discerned that I was being called to enter seminary,” said Nic.

During the summer, Nic attended a NET Ministries retreat weekend at the Franciscan College, Steubenville, Ohio. After meeting with vocations counselors, he felt confident about making the move to seminary.

Nic describes his strength as “Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.” He appreciates the support and encouragement from his family; Nic is the oldest of four children.

When asked about seminary life so far Nic says, “I love it.”

“It is college minus the negative. It is refreshing and I am enjoying the guys and my studies. One of the classes I am taking is Humanity formation with discussion about the priest being a bridge from the parishioner to Christ,” said Nic.

While in seminary, the men are encouraged to visit their families and Nic is pleased with how the college staff works with the seminarian.

“It is not as restrictive as one might think. It is reasonable. It is still college, but there is much more prayer time and we are radically living for Christ,” said Nic.

Nic enjoys reading, table-top games, and swimming.

When asked about advice for other men discerning the priesthood, Nic says: “No matter what, God will fulfill your deepest desires. Don’t be afraid to give God everything.”

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