Current Seminarians

Simon Stehr

Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington


January 27

Ordination Year


Home Town

Centralia, WA

Home Parish

St. Joseph, Chehalis


Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga University (Philosophy and Classical Civilizations)


English and some Spanish


Playing organ and piano, and playing sports, especially soccer and frisbee


I competed in a national homeschool speech and debate league in high school.

Favorite Saint

St. Joseph

Favorite Devotion

The Rosary

Vocation Story

My experience of the call of God to diocesan priesthood was initially formed by my family and parish community, not to mention the parish priests I knew while growing up. In middle school and high school I became progressively more fascinated by the Catholic Faith, particularly the element of apologetics. This desire to know about God and defend the faith coincided with the desire to love Him as I began to intentionally develop my own daily habit of prayer. And so, my desire to be a priest quietly emerged from my prayer life and was nurtured and enflamed by various retreats I attended, including Ignite Your Torch and Quo Vadis Days. Altar serving was also an important experience for me which provided an opportunity for me to think more seriously about priesthood.

By the time I was nearly finished with high school, the thought of being a priest was consistent enough in my prayer that I felt at peace in applying to seminary to further discern this call. Seminary has been a very enriching experience thus far and has helped me become more truly myself.

Priest Aspirations

I look forward to helping people to know of the joy and peace of being in communion with Christ and to building up and strengthening the faithful through preaching and the celebration of the sacred liturgy.