Benjamin Schrantz

Home Parish: St. Paul, Whitesboro
Year in Formation: College Seminary
Place: Theological College

Favorite color: Orange
Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite dessert: Yes, I do like dessert.
Favorite song: “Our God is Greater” by Chris Tomlin
Favorite hymn: “Here I am Lord”
Favorite Gospel story: The Call of Simon the Fisherman (Luke 5: 1-11)
Favorite saint: St. Francis of Assisi and St. Therese of Lisieux
What’s your opinion on cats? Everyone knows dogs are better.
What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited? Assisi, Italy
If you could go one place in the world, and money were not an option, where would it be? New Zealand or the Trans-Siberian Railway.
What is your favorite church in the Diocese of Syracuse? St. Paul’s Church in Whitesboro (Editor’s note: This is his home parish. Good answer!)

How did you get to this point?

In hindsight, I guess my journey started back in high school. My faith has always been important to me, and I was always active in my parish and youth group. The priesthood was something I would think about from time to time, but I did not think it was meant for me.

After high school, I went to Mohawk Valley Community College with the hope of figuring out what I was meant to do in life. After I finished at MVCC, I applied to SUNY Fredonia where I majored in American History.

While at Fredonia, I became very active in the campus Newman Center. It was here that I started to develop my own prayer life in ways that were personal to me. In my prayers, I noticed that idea of the priesthood kept coming back. So I started to learn as much as I could about the priesthood and the Catholic Church. When graduation rolled around, I was not sure what my next step was going to be. Even though priesthood was something I thought about, I wasn’t ready to accept that idea.

I ended up applying to a few graduate programs for Library Science and History. I was accepted into all the programs, but I did not have that “warm and fuzzy” feeling that comes with knowing you made a correct decision. Through prayer, I came to a realization that I was not called down that path. So I took the year from school and decided to work and help out at my parish.

While working at the parish, my relationship with God grew and I really delved into my spiritual life; I joined a Bible study, started to go to daily Mass more, went to confession on a regular basis, and immersed myself into my parish. All throughout my time there, the vocation of the priesthood kept coming up in my mind. It was at a vocation retreat in Syracuse that I eventually came to the realization that I needed to make my decision. The priesthood was something I had thought about for a long time, and I reached a point where “thinking” about it could only get my so far. I ended up applying to the Diocese of Syracuse in March 2017, and it has been a fun and wild adventure ever since.

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