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Current Seminarians

Kenn Clem

Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas

Ordination Year

2019

Undergraduate

Emporia State University (Psychology)

Vocation Story

I went to Emporia State University to study psychology and work in Autism Therapy. During my final year of studies I began to feel lost and unsure of what I was supposed to be doing. After looking for fulfillment in all sorts of other places like studies, work, and community service I began going to daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Because I was the youngest person at the daily Mass in my home parish I offered to take over as the altar server for the gentleman who was doing it before me. He was happy to have someone serve for him and to be able sit with his wife. One week to the day after I started serving for him his son died in a car accident. The next day he came to me before Mass, and had obviously been crying since the night before, and he asked if I would serve for him so that he could sit with his wife. I was happy to serve for him so that he could mourn with his wife. On my way back up to school after Mass I was thinking about everything and realized that being there for him and his wife was the most important thing I have ever done and that everything in my life had led up to being there for him and his wife. Finally that the only reason that I could be there for them was not because I planned or put myself there, but rather that I allowed God to place me there. I realized that what I was missing in my life was letting God direct what I was doing and where I needed to go, so I began praying with what I should be doing. This naturally led to the idea of the priesthood and after a long while of bouncing back and forth I eventually went to seminary to find out if that is what God wanted for me. Once I began serving in a parish during my internship I knew that this is the life that God had planned for me and that this is indeed where he has been leading me.

Priest Aspirations

Being able to celebrate Mass and offer reconciliation

What has been your favorite/most memorable story of your time at Mundelein thus far?

Our semester in the Holy Land and being able to visit and pray in all the holy sites

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

For my adjustment from a life of academics to a life of ministry