Basilica of St. Adalbert
Grand Rapids, MI
Robert and Suzanne Jameson
John and Paul Jameson
Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ
David plays the piano, saxophone, and bass guitar. He also enjoys painting and drawing.
Who inspired you to be a priest?
When I consider those who have set examples in my life and think about the kind of priest I want to be, there are a number of priests who come to mind, like Msgr. Michael McCarron of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, and Fr. Den Morrow from our diocese. But first and foremost I think of my own father, through whom I first came to know the love of God our Father. My dad has taught me what it means to be a faithful man of prayer in love with Christ, and by his example as a father, husband, and pastor I have learned what it means for a man to imitate Christ through his vocation: to be devoted and available, freely laying down his life, giving of himself completely and sacrificially in serving the will of the Father. I hope to follow his example most – like him, to serve Christ and His body, the Church, by loving others and joyfully giving of myself completely so that Christ may live through me.
Why do you want to be a priest?
I want to be a priest because I believe God wants me to be a priest. While in high school, I began to sense a calling in my life to give of myself in a special way, serving others so that they many come to know and love God. It wasn’t until after becoming Catholic that I began to understand this calling in my life as a call to the vocation of the priesthood. I have encountered Christ’s presence, deep relationship with Him, and joyful participation in the life that He makes available through His Eucharist and Sacraments, and it is this life available through Christ and his Church that I desire to help others live.
What do you love the most about seminary?
Seminary has provided a unique time for vocational discernment, prayer and preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. It has allowed me the opportunity to grow in both humility and, hopefully, gradual conformity to Christ. In seminary I’ve most valued the spiritual growth I have experienced – growing in my identity as a beloved son of the Father, and in intimate, unceasing union with Him through prayer. I have also valued the opportunities that seminary provides to grow in community and fraternity with other seminarians, especially the seminarians of our diocese.
What are you most grateful for?
I am grateful for my parents, who instilled in me a deep faith in Christ and led by example, teaching me what it means to trust and follow Him. I am grateful for this diocese and its parishioners, who have generously and sacrificially supported priestly formation and training. I am grateful for the current vocation director, Fr. Stephen Durkee, and former vocation director, Fr. Ron Hutchinson, as well as all of my seminarian brothers – grateful for their encouragement and friendship along the way. And of course I am most grateful to God, who has truly been faithful and loving Father to me throughout my conversion and vocational discernment, clearly providing for me each step of the way – taking me on this crazy journey that I never thought I would experience – tangibly revealing Himself to me in amazing and incredible ways through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Write to David at:
1000 East Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060