Brook Benedict

Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula
Pastoral Year

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Education Experience: Sts. John and Paul Catholic School / Pontifical College Josephinum

Work Experience: Former Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Lowellville Ohio. Prior to that I served my home parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Ashtabula (now Our Lady of Peace Parish) as Principal Organist from 2004 to 2008

Favorite Saint(s): Sts. Maria Goretti and Tarcisius are Brook’s favorite saints. Maria Goretti and Tarcisius are two of the church’s youngest saints who gave their lives to God.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy practicing the organ and learning new organ music as often as possible.

Family Background: I grew up with my parents and two sisters. My father, Gary (Mousey), my Mother, Linda, and two sisters Octavia and Rae.

What led you to consider the priesthood?  I have always felt a call from the Lord from the earliest days of my childhood. This feeling brings about a profound joy deep within. “I am still in this process of discernment however and grateful for the time I still have to continue to pray for God’s will in my life.”

Favorite thing about Seminary Life: The fraternity that is shared in the seminary environment by brothers on the same mission as you. “We live and share the Gospel together.”

Advice for guys considering Priesthood: “If the slightest pull in your heart emanates or even the briefest of thoughts goes through your head about priesthood, then it is definitely worth exploring. God touches our hearts in the gentlest of ways and we must have the courage to respond. If you have been thinking about priesthood but feel unready, Jesus does not call the ready, Jesus calls the willing.