Name: Clint Johnson
What are your parents’ names? Roger and Angela Johnson
Current Parish: Holy Cross, Fort Branch
What kinds of ministries were you involved in at your parish? What kinds of Diocesan retreats/events have you attended that have been helpful?
St Maria Gorretti youth group events, Source and Summit, House of Discernment.
When did you start thinking of priesthood? What made you think of it?
Senior year of undergrad was the first time I thought of priesthood. I began to wonder what God was calling me to do instead of what I was wanting to do with my life.
What aspect of priestly ministry is most attractive to you? Why?
Helping people is the most attractive aspect of priestly ministry for me. Everyone deserves to be loved and should know Truth. Through the Sacraments, and by living a life that's not his own, a priest is a reflection of Christ.
What gives you hope for the Catholic Church today?
There are many young, passionate people in the Catholic Church who want Christ to be at the center of their lives. It seems that on TV and the internet that most young people fail to make commitments and just want to do things for themselves (myself included at times), but I've seen many kids, even younger than me, become very interested in building community and search for what matters the most.
What Scripture passage hits home with you the most these days? Why?
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
— Matthew 25:40
I desire to see Christ in everyone I encounter. I don't always do this, so it's a great verse to reflect on to get me back in that mindset.
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 love being outside in nature - it's the easiest way for me to acknowledge God's presence. Even though I do enjoy being alone, I like when I'm in nature with other people. Even without talking, I feel like we are bonding and strengthening a relationship just by experiencing Creation.
What is the hardest part of going to seminary? What are you most excited about this year for seminary?
The hardest part of going to seminary is the thought of being in school for another six years. I'm most excited just to learn in general - to learn about Church History, Moral Teachings, Philosophy, etc. But I will also become stronger spiritually by going to Mass every day and spending more time in silence.