Name: Jeremiah Guappone
Hometown: Parish of St. Catherine of Siena, Columbus
How many years have you been at the Josephinum?
I have spent two years at the Pontifical College Josephinum. In May of 2012 I graduated with a Bachelors of Philosophy (B Phl.). I will return in the fall for my first of four years of theology.
How did you know you wanted to be a priest?
I stated seriously discerning a call to the priesthood during my time as an undergraduate at Ohio Dominican University. During my time in college, I started to form a serious prayer life. It became apparent to me, that to find out the Lords will for my life, I would have to listen. Spending time in prayer, talking to priest, friends, and my mentor, I discovered that the Lord was calling me to enter the seminary.
What is your favorite thing about the Josephinum?
Well, I have a few. First, we have four chapels with the Blessed Sacrament reserved, where we can go pray any time of day or night. It is such a blessing to have the Lord so close. Additionally the fraternity/brotherhood, with my fellow seminarians is irreplaceable. It is so great to be surrounded by likeminded men, seeking the Lord together.
Where are you helping for your summer assignment?
I am assigned this summer to the Parish of St. Peter in Chillicothe. Additionally, I do some work for the Josephinum, the vocations office, and Catholic Youth Summer Camp.
Do you help with any masses or sacraments?
I serve at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass here daily at St. Peters. Additionally, I go with Fr. Hahn on sick calls for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick. I will also serve a few weddings here at the parish.
Do you help out with your parish’s youth group?
I am assisting with the St. Peter youth group, and actually organizing a retreat/lock-in for them. I also will be teaching at Vacation Bible Schoold.
What other things are you doing this summer?
Additionally this summer I am training for the Columbus Marathon this fall, which I will be running to support the Pregnancy Decision Health Centers of Columbus. I also spent one week as a counselor at Catholic Youth Summer Camp. Additionally, I am reading some books (we have a seminarian book club), learning Greek, spending time with friends, cooking, biking, and spending time in prayer as I prepare to enter theology this fall.