Meet Our Seminarians

4th Theology

Robert Miller

Theology II

Mr. Stephen Jones

2nd Theology

Michael Mollman

1st Theology

John Grim

First Theology

Xander Schmitt

1st Theology

Jonah Beckham

2nd Pre-Theology

Kazmir Biesiada

2nd Pre-Theology

Grant Carro

2nd Pre-Theology

Austin Harper

2nd Pre-Theology

Max Marcott

1st Pre-Theology

Zachary Bernsten

1st Pre-Theology

Patrick Clowe

Pastoral Year

Joseph Holt

College Senior

Joseph Allen III

College Senior

Rendon Chambers

College Senior

Dominick Denney

College Junior

Robert Blaschke

College Junior

Henry Nguyen

College Sophomore

Patrick Estabrooks

College Sophomore

Nathaniel Boyd

College Sophomore

Warrick Green

4th Theology

Robert Miller

This is part of a series to introduce the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Saint Damien of Molokai in Edmond.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
If it is God’s will, I will be ordained in 2021.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
My advice would be to pray, frequent confession and worthy reception of Holy Communion, meet with a spiritual director, don’t let fear dictate your decisions concerning seminary/priesthood and prayerfully commit and persevere.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
I look forward to spending a few hours every day in the confessional.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Everyone needs to know the Lord loves every single person despite our sinfulness and ingratitude. As beloved sons and daughters of God, we ought to respond in love and gratitude.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
I don’t think priesthood is something “chosen” as one would in deciding a career path. Yes, there is a certain amount of prudential decisions made along the way, but as with any vocation, it’s not so much we who have chosen the Lord as it is he who has chosen us. I’m “choosing” to listen to the Lord’s voice, to conform my heart to his and lay down my life for the salvation of souls.

Robert Miller
Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary
558 South Avenue
Weston, MA 02493

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

Theology II

Mr. Stephen Jones

What is your home parish?
My home parish is St. Monica in Edmond.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend Kenrick Glennon in St. Louis, Mo.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
If it is God’s will, I will be ordained a priest in 2024.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
Make it a priority to spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament in prayer, daily if possible. The Eucharist is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ himself, and he wants to spend time with you! Also, find a spiritual director who can walk with you and help you hear and respond to the Lord’s call for you in your discernment.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
I most look forward to celebrating Mass and hearing confessions. I look forward to celebrating Mass because it is making the Lord truly present in the Eucharist every day. I look forward to hearing confessions because that is how God wishes to bring healing, mercy and forgiveness to his people.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Every Catholic needs to know that God is truly present among us in the Eucharist, and he deeply desires our salvation. He loves each of us in an incredibly personal and unique way, and he wants us to spend eternity with him in heaven. Our life here on earth is preparation for that!

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
Everyone is called to live a life of sacrificial love, whether that be as a married husband or wife, a religious brother or sister, as a lay consecrated single person, or as a priest of Jesus Christ. If I am truly called to the priesthood, I choose it because that is where Jesus has called me, and it is where I will be most fully satisfied and fulfilled. I desire to give myself to the people of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to serve and love them in order to witness the love that God has for all of us.

Stephen Jones
Pontifical North American College
Via del Gianicolo, 14
00165 Roma RM, Italy

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

2nd Theology

Michael Mollman

What is your home parish?
My home parish is St. Thomas More in Norman.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend St. John Vianney Theological Seminary.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
If it is God’s will, I will be ordained in 2024.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
You will never hear a call to the priesthood if you do not pray! Pray daily and seek to know the love of Jesus through the sacraments. Pray with the scriptures, especially the call of the apostles and ask Jesus to reveal his call for you. Then, talk to a wise priest and share with him what Jesus is revealing to you.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
I look forwarded to celebrating the Holy Mass for Christ’s Church!

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
The Sacraments transform our lives. We all can become saints, not merely by our own power, but through the grace of the Sacraments.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
A life without sacrificial love is false and empty. There is no life without sacrificial love. Jesus died, resurrected and ascended into heaven so that we may have life and have it abundantly. Life begins by entering into this mystery.

Michael Mollman
Saint John Vianney Seminary
1300 S. Steele St.
Denver, CO 80210-2599

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

1st Theology

John Grim

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Chandler.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend Kenrick-Glennon, St. Louis MO.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
God willing, I will be ordained in 2025.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
The best thing you can do to discern priesthood is to foster a life of prayer and go to confession often. It is hard to listen to God when we reject him by our sins, but through constant prayer you will come to know the Lord.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
I am blown away by the prospect of becoming a priest and witnessing the miracle of the Eucharist daily.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Every Catholic needs to know that God loves them, that God thirsts for them and that God is relentlessly inviting you into the most awesome relationship ever!

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
The very nature of love is sacrificial. We are all called to a sacrificial love; I am simply choosing a particular kind of sacrifice that gives me the freedom to open my heart to an incredible love that uniquely imitates the life of Christ in the Holy Spirit. I would give anything to participate in such a love.

John Grim
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

First Theology

Xander Schmitt

What is your home parish?
My home parish is St. Thomas More in Norman where I attended while at the University of Oklahoma. I am originally from Houston and was a parishioner of St. Ignatius Loyola in Spring, Texas.

What seminary do you attend?
I am in the Pre-Theology program at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Saint Louis, Mo.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
If it is God’s will, I will be ordained in 2026.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
Don’t focus on what God has planned for your entire life. Trust God and let him lead you step by step. Listen to what he puts on your heart and rest in his consolation. In prayer, simply try to develop a deep love for God, the revelation of your vocation will come as your heart begins to conform to that of Christ’s.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
Being able to help is one of the most joyful and life-giving things one can do. As a layman, I am able to physically help people and spiritually offer prayer and petition for them, but as a priest, many other pathways of service open up. I have been given so much by God and have seen him work in incredible ways in my life. I want others to share in that same life of Christ. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. To be able to offer the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ our Lord as the communion of the Body of Christ and for the sanctification of his people would allow me to serve God and my fellow man in the most efficacious of ways.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
God loves each of us without condition. Throughout history he has been calling his people and he reaches out to you. Jesus established his church through the apostles, which still lives on today. We are broken people and we do not perfect ourselves to enter heaven, but rather we act in humility and conform ourselves to Christ that he might enter our lives to strengthen us and reconcile us to the path that has been established for us.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
Sacrificial love is a part of the Christian life. We are called to love God and neighbor. Thus, we pick up our cross and follow him. The priesthood may have aspects of sacrificial love that are more prominent, but all roles for the Christian faithful must revolve around sacrificial love. For in Christ, we find sacrificial love and through Christ we learn to love our neighbors in this manner.

Xander Schmidt
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

1st Theology

Jonah Beckham

What is your home parish?
Saint John the Baptist, Edmond

What seminary do you attend?
Conception Seminary College

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
If it is God’s will, I will be ordained a priest in 2025.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
Listen. God speaks to us in the quiet and stillness of our hearts and it is through listening to him that God’s plan for your life will be open to you. Give yourself to Mary, the mother of all vocations.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
I look forward most to giving the sacraments to God’s people and most of all being the witness of faith the same way priests have been a witness of faith in my life.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Every Catholic needs to know the importance and how much of a blessing it is to receive the Holy Eucharist.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
Through living my life through sacrificial love, I have truly felt more love and the loving presence of Christ in my life than I ever have before, and this is the feeling and the way I wish to live my life forever.

Jonah Beckham
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

2nd Pre-Theology

Kazmir Biesiada

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Saint Monica Catholic Church in Edmond.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Saint Louis.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
God-willing, I’ll be ordained in 2026.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
If you are discerning the priesthood, I recommend reading “To Save a Thousand Souls” and praying about everything you’ve read!

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
I look forward to bringing Jesus into others’ lives. Particularly, I look forward to doing so by celebrating the Mass.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Every Catholic needs to know how much Jesus loves us all on a personal level.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him. I can’t think of a more joyful life than one that is centered around a sacrificial love and following him in spreading that love throughout the world.

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

Kazimir Biesiada
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119

2nd Pre-Theology

Grant Carro

Home Parish: Saint John the Baptist, Edmond
Gospel of Life Dwelling – Disciple

Grant Carro
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Dr.
St. Louis, Mo 63119

2nd Pre-Theology

Austin Harper

Home Parish: Blessed Sacrament, Lawton

Austin Harper
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119

2nd Pre-Theology

Max Marcott

  • Home Parish: Saint James Parish, Oklahoma City
    Gospel of Life Dwelling Disciple

    This is part of a series to introduce the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

    What is your home parish?
    My home parish is Saint James the Greater Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.

    What seminary do you attend?
    I attend Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass.

    If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
    God willing, I will be ordained a priest in 2025.

    What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
    Do not be afraid. God will never abandon you, for you are his beloved child, regardless of your age. Remember that you could never desire your own good or the good of another more than God. No matter what the Lord is calling you to, your main job, as hard as it can be, is simple. Open your heart to our Lord, invite him into every corner, and then share the love that he will instill there.

    What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
    I look forward to celebrating and administering the sacraments, proclaiming the Kingdom with the graces of ordination and giving blessings!

    Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
    Every Catholic needs to know what “poverty of spirit” means, and that our humanity is a priceless gift.

    Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
    Every vocation calls us to live a life of sacrificial love. We never can directly love God the way that he loves us, but through sacrificial love for one another, and for the sake of his name, God provides a way for us to truly reciprocate his love. If you always run from sacrifice, you will always run from love.

    Max Marcott
    Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary
    558 South Avenue
    Weston, MA 02493
1st Pre-Theology

Zachary Bernsten

1st Pre-Theology

Patrick Clowe

Pastoral Year

Joseph Holt

This is part of a series to introduce the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Epiphany of the Lord in Oklahoma City.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
If it is God’s will, I will be ordained in 2025.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
My advice would be to talk with others about it, especially a priest or spiritual director.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
I look forward to giving back to the people of God who have given so much to me.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Every Catholic needs to know the Old Testament, because it’s only by knowing the history of our fathers in faith that we can appreciate what God is doing for us today.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
A life without sacrifice for others is a life without true love.

Joseph Holt
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

College Senior

Joseph Allen III

What is your home parish?
My home parish is St. John in Edmond.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend Conception Seminary College in Missouri.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
God willing, I will be ordained in the year of our Lord 2026.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
My advice would be to take the leap and pursue the call. If you enter seminary and are not called, the worst that can happen is you leave a better man.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
The ability to serve God’s people through the sacraments, especially that of reconciliation and the Mass.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Go to confession often, not only will it assist in the growth of your relationship with God, but also, a state of grace is required to receive the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord in the Eucharist.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
Living a life of sacrificial love helps in growth with your relationship with God and gives an opportunity to serve the people of God in a more complete way. Furthermore, it allows one to stay humble through Christ and raise his name by giving him all the glory.

Joseph Allen III
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

College Senior

Rendon Chambers

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Saint Francis of Assisi in Oklahoma City.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend Conception Seminary College in Missouri.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
I will be ordained a priest in 2026 at the earliest.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
I recommend keeping an open mind, even if you are fairly sure about your vocation. After all, God speaks to us when we least expect it. This brings me to my other piece of advice: listen. Find some time for silent contemplation with God, away from the daily distractions. This allows the Lord to bless you with thoughts that point to the direction to which he desires you to go.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
The thing that excites me most about the priesthood is the ability to serve the people of God by administering the sacraments. Sacraments are the ways in which we physically witness the graces of God, and it is with this appealing duty of the priest that makes me feel called to this vocation.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
I believe the most important thing that a Catholic must know is the reality of the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Throughout my life, I have found that the easiest way to find God is to go and see him in the physical, tangible way in which he manifests himself to us. In the seminary, I am blessed with so much time to adore Christ in the Eucharist and make my love for him more perfect, hoping to one day reflect on the perfect, unconditional love he has for me.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
Choosing a life of sacrificial love is a special type of selfless love; a love that Christ urges each and every one of us to strive for. 

Rendon Chambers
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

College Senior

Dominick Denney

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Saint Francis Xavier in Enid. 

What seminary do you attend?
I am a sophomore at Conception Seminary College.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
If it is God’s will that I be his priest, I will be ordained in 2025. 

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
The advice I would give someone discerning a call to the priesthood is to pray and do not be afraid. The Lord will bring you where he wants you to be. Be patient, but steady in your prayer. The Lord works best in silence, so you must give him time to reveal things to you piece by piece. 

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
If I am to be a priest, I most look forward to being able to celebrate the sacraments with the people of God. There is nothing I desire more than to be able to bring people closer to their creator. 

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
One thing I believe every Catholic should know is that God is calling each of us to love each other and him in a very special way. Whether that is to foster a family of faith, care for a community as a priest, brother or sister in a religious community, or live a life of generous service as a single person, he has a plan for each of us that is more amazing than anything we can imagine. 

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
I have decided to pursue a life of sacrificial love because I believe this is the way that I will best be able to love and serve God, but also his people. 

Dominick Denney
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

College Junior

Robert Blaschke

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Blessed Sacrament in Lawton.

What seminary do you attend?
I am a freshman at Conception Seminary College.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
God willing, I will be ordained in the year of the Lord 2027.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
Trust in God and be willing to make that first step, no matter what vocation it is toward.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
What I look forward to most about the priesthood is celebrating the sacraments, especially Reconciliation and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
“Now” is always the most important moment in your life. Pursue God now. Serve God now. Love God now.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
We are all called by Christ to imitate his life of sacrificial love. I believe that the best way for me to imitate Christ is to be his priest and carry on his ministry.

Robert Blaschke
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

College Junior

Henry Nguyen

Home Parish: Saint Francis of Assisi, Oklahoma City

Henry Nguyen
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

College Sophomore

Patrick Estabrooks

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Saint John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Yukon.

What seminary do you attend?
I am currently studying philosophy as a sophomore at Conception Seminary College.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
If it is God’s will, I will be ordained a priest in 2027.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
My advice to anyone discerning the priesthood is to always listen to what the Lord calls you to do, no matter what it may be. Your journey to the Lord is filled with many small “yeses” along the way, not just one decision to follow him.

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
What I look forward to most about being a priest is to be able to administer the Sacraments of Healing and bringing more souls into the state of grace the Lord calls us to.

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Sometimes the Lord allows us to be tested in order to draw us closer to him. Do not be afraid of trials and hardships, but instead use it as a time to grow in your relationship with him.

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
A life of sacrificial love is a life that most closely reflects the life of our Lord!

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

College Sophomore

Nathaniel Boyd

This is part of a series to introduce the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

What is your home parish?
My home parish is Saint John the Baptist in Edmond.

What seminary do you attend?
I attend Conception Seminary College in Missouri.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest?
God willing, I will be ordained a priest in 2028.

What advice would you give to someone discerning a call to the priesthood?
A great piece of advice that helped me to discern was to always try and go see Jesus in adoration at least once a week. 

What do you look forward to most about becoming a priest?
I look forward most to celebrating the Mass, and through the words of consecration turning bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. 

Name one thing that every Catholic needs to know.
Every Catholic needs to know that in the silence of prayer God will meet you and talk to you. Make time for daily silence, even if it is only for five minutes. God will meet you there. 

Why choose a life of sacrificial love?
I choose a life of sacrificial love because that is what Jesus did. He died for me and I want to give my life, that was never mine but always his, in shepherding his flock. 

To learn more about seminary, contact Rev. Brian Buettner at bbuettner@archokc.org or (405) 721-9351. okcvocations.com.

Nathaniel Boyd
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

College Sophomore

Warrick Green

Home Parish: Saint Damien of Molokai, Edmond 

Warrick Green
Conception Seminary College
PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502

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