"I began to feel God drawing me to be a priest through a deep sense of joy and peace though this made me very afraid. I tried running from it but I only found darkness and grief."

Benjamin Cowan

Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, OR
Theology I

I grew up in Brookings, Oregon located on its south coast boarder. I enjoy sports, singing, and laughing. In my last years of high school I drew away from the Lord because the pleasures of the world felt more real. During the first years of college as I began to learn how to validate the existence of Jesus and the church, a door opened up for me to take my faith more seriously. I began to fall in love with Jesus and to give up my pleasures to receive more of Him. At this time, I began to feel God drawing me to be a priest through a deep sense of joy and peace though this made me very afraid. I tried running from it but I only found darkness and grief.

At twenty, after being convinced that Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life, I realized that despite my fears, I must respond to His call. Since then, I have experienced 100 fold in this life and many powerful reasons to trust in Him.

A year later I entered a missionary community called the Saint John Society. Here I continued to fall in love with Jesus as I witnessed and experienced his power to literally heal the lame and broken hearted. Wanting greater intimacy with him, I decided to leave the Saint John Society and discern monasticism. Sadly, the monastery of my choice sent me away believing that the diocesan priesthood was a better fit. Knowing how God speaks through our superiors, I decided to inquire about diocesan priesthood.

I am excited and open to receive what God has in store for me here. Please keep me in your prayers! God Bless!