David O’Brien, from St. Peter Parish in West Brandywine, Chester County, is a third year college seminarian at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. A typical day for David includes prayer, college-level classes and recreation with fellow seminarians. On Thursdays, as part of his one-day-a-week apostolic formation, he can be found at one of the area’s Catholic high schools speaking about his discernment of his vocation.
When considering which college to attend David did not feel a good fit for him. He prayed on the decision and heard God’s call. In 2010 he entered the seminary right out of high school with two of his fellow classmates from Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown. One of seven children, David misses being with his family every day but feels the best part of the seminary is the fellowship with the other seminarians.
To young men considering entering the seminary David advises, “pray, even when it does not seem necessary. Be thankful and be open to your calling and most importantly, do not be afraid to follow Christ.”
Sister Kimberly Miller, I.H.M., has been teaching at Little Flower High School for eight years. She is from St. William Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. In 1998 Sister Kim, as she is known, entered the order of the Sister, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary based at Immaculata University. Not only is she one of the favorite teachers of the young ladies at Little Flower but she is also involved with the them as a moderator for dances and other activities. (Photos and text by Sarah Webb)
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