Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Meet the Seminarians


Deacon Oscar Duarte

4th Year Theology

Home Parish: St. Joseph, Ft. Wayne
Favorite Hobbies: Playing Music (Drums & Guitar)
Favorite Saints: St. Jacinta Marto, St. John Vianney, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Laura Montoya 
Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:13
What Made You Want to Be a Priest? Realizing that God has a much greater plan for my life than the one I had for myself. 

Deacon Caleb Kruse

4th Year Theology

Home Parish: St. Vincent de Paul, Ft. Wayne
Favorite Hobbies: Running, Reading, Chess, Instruments
Favorite Saints: St. John the Apostle, St. Philip Neri
Favorite Scripture: John 15:1-17
What Made You Want to Be a Priest? I’ve wanted to be a priest since I was a little kid. As a I grew up, many priests witnessed the joy of their priesthood and taught me how to pray. In prayer, God placed a desire in me to have “God alone as my inheritance” and to give my life away consecrated to the Church. God-willing, I am very excited to serve as one of His priests soon.

Andrew Barnes

3rd Year Theology, Mount St. Mary’s

Home Parish: St. Pius X, Granger
Favorite Hobbies: Golf, Basketball, Euchre
Favorite Saints: St. John Paul II, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John Bausch
Favorite Scripture: “My Lord and my God!”
What Made You Want to Be a Priest? During my first couple of years of college, when I went to pray, the idea of priesthood would continue to persist in my mind, pushing me towards joining the seminary. Upon entering seminary, I began to come to know the beauty and incredible reality of priesthood. The priest is able to enter into people’s lives daily and directly be a witness of Christ for them. He dies to himself for Christ and His Church, and not only that but is able to offer the greatest sacrifice of Jesus’ Body and Blood to the Father everyday. There seems to be no greater reality than this, and it is humbling to know that God may be calling me to this vocation. 

Nicholas Monnin

3rd Year Theology, Pontifical North American College

Home Parish: St. Matthew Cathedral, South Bend
Favorite Hobbies: Basketball, Golf, Jazz Music, Cooking, Learning Foreign Languages
Favorite Saints: St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Favorite Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30
What Made You Want to Be a Priest? I want to be a priest because my pastor growing up, Msgr. Heintz, showed me the joy of the priesthood and the joy of a life lived for God. Having that great priestly example first started my desire to serve God and the Church as a priest. From there, it was God teaching me to surrender more readily to Him and to His Will, and that has given me great certainty in my decision to work towards priesthood. In growing in my love for God, I’ve seen that I would very much enjoy the life of a priest and that my gifts and talents are well-suited for service as a priest. In short, I want to be a priest because I think I’d be good at it, and I feel that God is calling me to that vocation.