Our Graduating Class of 2021

Bri Campbell Uncategorized

This year, we are pleased to recognize the following nine graduates who will all be continuing on in their formation for the holy priesthood.

St. Joseph College Seminary Class of 2021

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Christopher W. Angermeyer
Bravo

St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte
Mount St. Mary's Seminary

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Anthony del Cid Lucero
Bravo

St. Joseph, Newton
Mount St. Mary's Seminary

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Luke J. Martin
Bravo
St. Mark, Huntersville
Mount St. Mary's Seminary

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Kolbe R. Murrey
Bravo

St. John the Baptist, Tryon
Pontifical North American College

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Noé J. Sifuentes
Bravo

Sacred Heart, Salisbury
Mount St. Mary's Seminary

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Andrew J. Templeton
Bravo
St. Michael the Archangel, Gastonia
Mount St. Mary's Seminary

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Nicholas J. Kramer
Charlie

St. Barnabas, Arden
Pontifical North American College

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James C. Tweed
Delta

Sacred Heart, Brevard
Mount St. Mary's Seminary

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Joseph G. Yellico
Delta
St. Mark, Huntersville
Pontifical North American College

The Class of 2021 has experienced a lot in their past few years of formation. From the creation of a brand-new college seminary in the Diocese of Charlotte, to the moving into a newly constructed seminary building, and tying it all up with one global pandemic – it’s been quite a formational ride. Providentially, all of these events have helped them to comprehend just how important their vocational journey is.

From the beginning, it’s been apparent to them that community is vital – both inside and out of the seminary. Being formed in the diocese in which they will serve allows them to be known by the faithful in that area, says Nicholas Kramer. In return, they also get to know the faithful; the schools, religious orders, and parishes that they may one day be connected to as priests.

Equally as important, the men in the seminary also get to form bonds with one another, which will be helpful when, God-willing, they return to the diocese to serve together as priests. As Kolbe Murrey puts it, “I’m really excited to actually be a priest with [my brothers]. You have to have to have a fraternity of priests – I’m really excited about that.”

As they look back at their time at St. Joseph College Seminary, one outstanding event from their years in seminary is the construction of the new building on Arctus Avenue. They each get to take with them the memories of helping to build the seminary from the ground up and making it what it is today. “We’ve basically seen the seminary grow up so much and develop from being at the St. Ann’s block – from being there and to the moment that Father was able to find the right land, purchase the land, see the plans, and see those plans actualized,” recalls Anthony del Cid Lucero. “I think that’s something we’re all going to miss, because to some extent we’ve all had a thought or idea that we were able to bring to Father.”

Of course, the building itself isn’t the only thing that will be missed by our graduating class. The Sisters, Formators, and Magistra (Professor Nancy Llewellyn) were all a major part of these seminarians’ experience. “That’s one thing about St. Joseph’s that is really awesome, that we get a kind of religious life formation,” says Joseph Yellico. “I’m really going to miss our Latin classes with Magistra – I’m very grateful for her and the opportunity she gave us to learn Latin,” adds Christopher Angermeyer.

If anything has reaffirmed the need to follow God’s will into the priesthood, it’s been the results of the COVID-19 pandemic. The men recall a story from Fr. Reid, who met a family from Alabama that drove all the way to Charlotte, because St. Ann was the closest church that was distributing the Eucharist at that time. As a result, the importance of the sacraments is even more clear. “There’s more to the priesthood than just saying Mass, but it is one of the most important things we get to do as priests, if not the most important one we do. I’m really excited to get to do that,” says Noe Sifuentes.

Finally, we asked our graduates what they would say to someone who is trying to discern entering seminary, or what they would even tell their 18-year-old selves as they were discerning the priesthood:

Andrew Templeton says, “Pray and strive to do the Father’s will. If you feel the Eucharistic pull that feels like a magnet inside of you being attracted to Our Lord, don’t neglect it. See where He leads you.”

Luke Martin adds, “The first thing I would have told myself is just ‘patience.’ Patience with your desire to grow in holiness, patience with your brothers, just patience as a whole. Continue along with the formation and over time you’ll build up those habits and you’ll grow in that sanctity that we’re all striving for.”

With a laugh, Anthony offers, “It’s funny, because I think regardless of what we would tell our 18-year-old selves, we wouldn’t hear it.”

“If you think you have a calling, come here and find the peace to discern your answer. You can’t hear it audibly without this environment,” says James Tweed, and with a final phrase that leaves all the seminarians in agreement, he adds, “Man up!”

Thank you to all who have helped support our seminarians, and please continue to lift up our graduates as they move one step further in their journey to the priesthood.