Name: Phillip Rogier
My parents are David and Ann Rogier.
Christ the King Parish in Ferdinand
What kinds of ministries were you involved in at your parish? What kinds of Diocesan retreats/events have you attended that have been helpful?
I was an altar server, lector, and led Children’s Liturgy of the Word. I later helped distribute communion at the local nursing home and I joined the Knights of Columbus. I found the Picnic with the Bishop, Teens Encounter Christ, and Source + Summit events to be helpful.
When did you start thinking of priesthood? What made you think of it?
Priesthood has always been on my mind even before I could remember, and I don’t really know why. However, it took my whole life to grow and discern this call, which has not always been easy; but it is worth it.
What aspect of priestly ministry is most attractive to you? Why?
There are so many aspects of priestly ministry that are attractive to me. Perhaps the most attractive part is welcoming back fallen away Catholics through reconciliation and offering them Jesus Christ himself through the Eucharist.
What gives you hope for the Catholic Church today?
Catholic prayer groups filled with people who are brimming with faith, hope, and holy joy give me hope for the Church.
What Scripture passage hits home with you the most these days? Why?
Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”
I find it an easy temptation to complain about this or that, but it might be one of the quickest ways to undermine gratitude and love.
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.)
The most life-giving things for me are Mass and quiet prayer during Adoration. Aside from this, I enjoy baking bread, brewing beer, practicing trumpet, and engaging in deep conversations.
What is the hardest part of going to seminary? What are you most excited about this year for seminary?
Honestly, writing all the papers are hard for me, but I would not be human if I found everything to be easy. I am most excited about diving into theology. I spent four years studying philosophy and I look forward to learning more about my greatest love – God.