Current Seminarians

Peter Binder

Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa


March 23

Ordination Year


Home Town

Marion, IA

Home Parish

St. Joseph Parish, Marion, IA


Loras College, Dubuque (Mathematics and Philosophy)


English and Latin


Reading, playing the organ and lute, singing, hiking

Favorite Saint

St. John the Baptist

Vocation Story

Despite having had the idea of priesthood since being very young, it was not until late in high school that I began to consider it seriously. At first I ignored it and went to Iowa State University immediately after high school, majoring in Mathematics. However, I was really inspired by multiple priests in my life and their spirit of service to the faithful in their parishes. I realized that my own faith had been nourished by them and that without their service, I would not have had the blessing of knowing God. This realization helped to form a conviction in me of the importance of pointing and guiding others towards Christ. I joined seminary and began to seek to discern the priesthood so that I could share in the service of others in Christ which I had seen in so many of the priests which inspired me.

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