27/05 Hello guys. I’m having a really tough day. Someone I love is very ill and I just hope and pray he’ll be okay. 
I study whenever I can, but it’s really not the first thing on my priority list…

Michael Trail will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Michael Trail, Saint Joseph College Seminary alumnus, class of 2012, will be one of the 5 seminarians being ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago.  We are beyond happy & proud for him.  We were lucky enough to ask him about his call to the vocation of priesthood.

 On the scale of 1-10, how excited are you to become a priest?

On a scale from one 1-10 I would put myself at 11, obviously! The seminary journey is joyful and fun, but being a priest is what God called me to do. I’m looking forward to doing all the things that a priest does: saying Mass, hearing confession, anointing the sick, and being present for the people of God in the parish.

Tell us about a priest/person who influenced your vocation.

I went to Catholic school through 8th grade in Michigan and I partially credit my vocation to the priesthood to my parish priest. He was always present in the school and I could tell that he took an interest in getting to know us and he was very approachable.

 Secondly, I credit my vocation to the priesthood to the examples of my grandparents. They both were witnesses to the faith through their example and how they loved each other and their family. They taught me how to love Jesus and to use faith as a lens to view life.

 What is your hope to fulfill in your life as a priest?

As a priest, I want to make a difference in the lives of people. A priest is in a unique position to be able to bring Christ to the people entrusted to his care by administering the sacraments and through preaching God’s word. Also, as a priest you have the ability to enter into people’s lives at very profound moments: weddings, funerals, baptisms, and so I’m aware of the difference that I can make by bringing Christ to them in those profound moments in their life.

How has Saint Joseph College Seminary prepared you in your vocation in becoming a priest?

St. Joseph College seminary helped me to learn how to pray, how to integrate prayer in my daily life, and to see the importance of the sacraments in the life of a priest and in the life of every Catholic. They helped to lay the foundation so I could learn more about God and His Church.

 What is your favorite memory of SJCS?

My favorite memory at St. Joes was hanging out with the guys. It was good to be part of a community that had the same goal – to discern if God was calling us to priesthood. Living with the other guys taught me a lot about myself and we had a lot of fun.

 What advice would you give to college seminarians?

The advice that I would give to college seminarians is to immerse yourself totally in the program and to enjoy your time as a college seminarian. There can always be a temptation in life and in seminary that you always looking ahead to the next thing while dismissing your current time.

Take full advantage of your time in college seminary; it’s a unique opportunity to learn how to pray and how to be a good Catholic man who is well balanced and prayerful. You have to learn how to be

What can we pray for?

If you’re discerning a vocation to the priesthood: pray that you’ll be open to saying “yes” to the call. Please also pray that other young men may be open answering a call to the priesthood.

I don’t want another think-piece or pundit or commentary.
I don’t want outrage about the outrage.
I don’t want pain to yet again be a talking point or the sloppy seconds of social media.
I want to be angry. And to grieve. And to pray. To hurt for the fallen, for families, for the names and faces enduring such tragedy. Let’s make room for silence before we sound off.
— J.S.