Nick Biever (Class of 2025)
School, Class: Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology, First Theology
Home Parish: Annunciation Parish, Evansville
In honor of the Year of St. Joseph, it is fitting that we emphasize the importance of fatherhood. During the Litany of St. Joseph, we learn that St. Joseph’s titles – Terror of Demons, Head of the Holy Family and Spouse of the Mother of God, reflects much of what is good within fatherhood while revealing its importance in all vocations – as protector and leader of the family.
On May 16, I was born to Richard and Mary Biever in Evansville. My sister, Liz, is married to Michael Adler of Haubstadt. They have three sons: Leo, Ignatius and Martin. Our parents raised us in the Evansville area, going to St. Ben’s, St. John in Daylight, Holy Spirit and Christ the King churches in Evansville.
As I grew up, I noticed that my family carried quiet qualities of loyalty, kindness and love. Although our family had our share of challenges growing up, such qualities mirror the Holy Family in many ways.
When I go to St. Joseph, I usually ask for his protection and intercession when my priestly and pastoral role needs me to be a better father. The priestly role allows us to be spiritual guardians as we silently aim parishioners toward heaven. St. Joseph, a silent guardian, protects his spouse and son with a purity of heart and impenetrable patience. Regardless of vocation to priestly life, married life, single life or religious life, St. Joseph is an excellent saint to draw on for assistance throughout life.
Because I saw the beauty of fatherhood lived out in my dad, I discerned toward a priestly vocation. With eyes aimed toward heaven, my dad silently cries out in his faith as he takes care of his family. Like my dad and St. Joseph, it is time that I do the same for our diocese’s parish families.
St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, Head of the Holy Family, Spouse to the Mother of God, pray for us.
|Parents’ Names||Richard and Mary Biever|
|Sibling (and their spouse)||Liz (Michael) Adler|
|Schools attended||Homeschool, University of Southern Indiana, Saint Meinrad Seminary|
|Snack Food of Choice||Ski, pretzels and steak|
|Favorite Movie||“The Lord of the Rings”|
|Bible Verse||1 Peter 5:8-9|
|Favorite Sport to Play||Ultimate Frisbee and Warzone|
|Preferred Set of Mysteries of the Rosary||Sorrowful Mysteries – Intense prayerful experience
Joyful Mysteries – Everyday re-energization
|Patron or Favorite Saint||St. Simon Stock is my confirmation saint because of my devotion with the brown scapular. St. Joseph, St. John Vianney and St. Therese of Liseux have become my closest saints during my priestly discernment.|
|YouTube Channel or Podcast you most frequent||Bishop Barron’s podcast, Pints with Aquinas, and Sensus Fidelium|
|Favorite Part of Being in Seminary||