The Diocese of Des Moines
Welcome to the new seminarians
August 17, 2015
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

In June, Bishop Richard Pates ordained two to the priesthood. This fall, we welcome three men to the seminary program bringing to 25 the number of men discerning a vocation to priestly ministry for the Diocese of Des Moines. 

Jake Epstein, of St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale, said he first thought of becoming a priest in eighth grade.

“I think that the religious life is fundamentally about service,” hes aid. “I hope that seminary will allow me to deepen my relationship with God and gain the skills and knowledge I will need to serve God’s church.”

He will be studying at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois.

Christopher Grow first thought of religious life when he was a senior in high school.

“I see myself finding a great sense of joy in knowing that I can devote my life to helping people through the sacraments, through homilies, through different spiritual/life advice, by simply being present and, most importantly, by bringing everyone around me closer to Christ,” he said.

He will be studying at St. Pius X Seminary at Loras College in Dubuque.

Jason Lee, raised Methodist, came into full communion with the Catholic Church just before his senior year of high school and considered a vocation to the priesthood.

“I want to be there as Chrsit in time sof sickness, death, baptism, the Eucharist, in reconciliation, during weddings and other events,” he said. “To be persona Christi is my greatest desire.”

He will study at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Save to


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