Name: Aaron Herrenbruck
What are your parents’ names? Keith and Christy Herrenbruck
Current Parish: St. Clement, Boonville
What kinds of ministries were you involved in at your parish? What kinds of Diocesan retreats/events have you attended that have been helpful?
In College I was heavily involved in the Newman Center at St. Tom's and that helped my formation immensely. Boiler Awakening at Purdue was a retreat that I took a major liking to and was able to give a talk at which was a new and helpful experience.
When did you start thinking of priesthood? What made you think of it?
Around freshman year of high school I began to consider the possibility of maybe it could be a future career path for me. I was being asked what I wanted to do with my life and what I wanted to be.
What aspect of priestly ministry is most attractive to you? Why?
Being able to help others with their inner turmoil. Some of my hardest moments in life so far I was able to find peace in because of my priest giving me guidance and showing me what is important in life.
What gives you hope for the Catholic Church today?
That God is present in it and as a result good will come out of it. Through myself and the entire Mystical Body of Christ there is a bright future ahead.
What Scripture passage hits home with you the most these days? Why?
The Aug. 11 reading in Luke 12:32-48 carried a lot of weight within me recently. When Christ talks about how the servant who was entrusted with more responsibility would be punished more for ignoring them. It made me look at my own life and see how much I have been entrusted with from God and therefore how much responsibility I have and the severity of ignoring it.
What things do you find life-giving? (Reading? If so, what have you read? Movies? If so, what movies have you enjoyed? Music? If so, what music moves you? Hiking, exercising? Explain why.)
I find my interaction with other people to be where I gain the most inspiration and joy. Their love and actions often times shows me just how God is active in my own life.
What is the hardest part of going to seminary? What are you most excited about this year for seminary?
I haven't been yet so I am not quite sure what is hard about it yet. I am excited to be among like-minded people who will help me strengthen my faith.