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Current Seminarians

Jacob Sevigny

Diocese of Yakima, Washington

Birthday

July 20th

Ordination Year

2023

Home Town

Granger, WA

Home Parish

Resurrection Parish

Undergraduate

University of Idaho (Civil Engineering)

Previous Career

Civil Engineer

Languages

English and Spanish

Hobbies

Reading, Ultimate Frisbee, Movies

Tidbit

Oldest of 8 children

Favorite Saint

St. Thomas Aquinas

Vocation Story

I was very blessed to have grown up in a Catholic family. Both of my parents are active Catholics in the Church. I am the oldest of 8 children, so there wasn’t and isn’t ever a dull moment in our household. Growing up Catholic, I think the priesthood was always an option in the back of my mind, but something I never spent much time thinking about. As I got older, the idea became more of a reality, but I always pushed the idea to the back of my mind and focused on my immediate scholastic goals.

I attend the University of Idaho for Civil Engineering and was very involved with the Newman center there. During this period, the notion of the priesthood came up again, but again I pushed the thought aside until I finished school and got my degree. Upon graduating college, I was fortunate enough to receive a job offer a month before graduation, and so decided to pursue the opportunity in front of me. I wanted to pay off my student loans and explore my chosen field before even considering a priestly vocation.

For the next four years I worked as a engineer at the engineering firm of HLA Inc., in Yakima, Washington. It was a great opportunity for me and a wonderful learning environment. I was blessed with supportive co-workers who truly wanted me to succeed. However, there was still always this feeling that something was missing.

Finally, by the grace of God, and after much prayer and discernment, I reached out to my local bishop and sent in my application. I was accepted, and shortly thereafter, I applied to Mundelein Seminary and started in Pre-Theology 1 in the fall of 2017.

For me, the priesthood represents an opportunity to commit my entire life to God and the Church. As a Catholic priest, I can focus solely on serving God through the gift of Celibacy. Celibacy is an opportunity to dedicate my purpose to the Church in the footsteps of our Lord. I have tried dating and living my life as a lay person. However, in my relationships and in my job, there was always something missing, some sense of purpose that I didn’t feel. I excelled in my job, and could have easily made it a career, but I never felt at peace. I dated some amazing women, but none of the relationships made me feel fulfilled. I believe that as a priest I would be serving a higher calling, not in the sense that I would be better, but in that in God and the Church I could find no better purpose to devote my life to. Please keep me in your prayers as I continue my journey.

Priest Aspirations

Being able to share with people the grace of the Sacraments.

How can Mundelein's donors and community pray for you?

Pray that I can continue to listen to the voice of God in my vocation. That I can be aware of what He is calling me towards and have the strength to respond to His call.