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WYD: Seminarians get young men to ask themselves the hardest question in life

2016-07-26

Through "Why Not Priest,” seminarians who are singers, speakers and soccer players seek to encourage others to dive deeper in their faith and ask this question, "What is God calling me to do?” 

Their approach is to reach young men on the Internet, via their website, so the youth can view their videos, interact with them and ask them questions. They also want the young to have a personal encounter with a priest, to discover that priests also have hobbies, like any other person.

BR. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS L.C.
Why Not Priest
"It starts people asking and searching and going deeper, and ultimately you want them to get to know Christ, to encounter a priest, to encounter someone face to face. But a lot of times it starts with the Internet. It starts with a website. It starts with 'Why Not Priest.'”

BR. JOHN KLEIN L.C.
Why Not Priest
"So the idea at "Why Not Priest” is to bring a number of young, enthusiastic, joyful seminarians and let their testimony, let their gifts and talents - whether it be soccer, music, etc., let them be living messengers of the joy of the priesthood. FLASH 16:15 Because it takes courage just to ask the question, 'Lord what do you want from me? And if You want this, let me know and I'll say yes.'”

This courage can come from a certain inspiration, the support of a community, and the power in seeing it lived out in someone's daily life. 

"Why Not Priest” believes through their provided resources and the powerful experience offered at World Youth Day, there is the ability to open the hearts of many attendees. 

BR. JOHN KLEIN L.C.
Why Not Priest
"Many many kids, many students will find an inspiration or God will call them in an event like that, seeing the example of Pope Francis. It's a really powerful vocational experience for a religious vocation but just in your own life. What is God calling me to do? Because seeing all these other young people excited about their faith, I want faith to be a part of my life too.”

These asked questions need to be answered. Br. Christopher Daniels says that he has responded to many questions sent in by young men via their website, WhyNotPriest.com. He has spoken to those who are afraid of the priesthood, nervous to tell their parents or feel they will lose everything if they become a priest. He has even started giving talks on various subjects, such as fear, trust and relationships, which are then posted to the website.

BR. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS L.C.
Why Not Priest
"'Why Not Priest' will be at WYD in Krakow. And we do try and go out there and be a little, a witness, a testimony that can kind of help awaken young men. Because it's Christ who calls, but a lot of times, we're not listening. So 'Why Not Priest' really just tries to be there to help remind them that, 'Hey, maybe I should ask God what He wants of me.'”

While this is their ultimate goal, the seminarians enjoy interacting and sharing their gifts and talents with everyone, whether it be through a game of soccer or a jam sesh with newly found friends. They hope they can do this with their time at WYD.


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