Alexander W. Pancoast

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Class: Theology I

Home Parish: St. Ephrem Parish in Bensalem, PA

When did you enter the seminary? 2010

Family:
I live with my mom, dad, and younger sister.

School:
I attended St. Ephrem’s School for grade school; Bucks County Technical High School for high school. I am currently attending St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for college.

What/ Who influenced your decision to enter the seminary?
I have always had a calling inside me since I can remember.

Why do you want to be a priest?
I have always wanted to help people, plus the ability to confect the Eucharist, the actual Body and Blood of Christ, has always been awe-inspiring to me.

What did your family and friends think about your decision to enter the seminary?
They were, and still are, supportive of my decision to enter the seminary.

How often do you pray?
I say the Liturgy of the Hours, go to daily Mass, and try to say the Rosary every day, plus a couple of minutes everyday to thank God and ask for Him to guide my works and thoughts.

What do you do for fun?
I like to read, cook, camp, hike, and rock climb

What is it like to live in a seminary?
At first, it seems odd, not being able to watch t.v. or go on the internet in your room, but after a while, you get used to it, and it is actually quite nice.

What is the best part of the seminary for you?
I would say being with other young men who have the same calling, as well as building friendships and a better relationship with God.

What is the hardest part of the seminary for you?
Not getting to camp as much as I would like, and also not being able to play with my dog.

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the priesthood?
Listen to God’s call. Pray about it, and attend the retreats the Vocation Office offers. God inspired that idea for a reason, and it is your job to act upon it.