Dennis Walker

Home Parish: Our Lady of Hope, Syracuse
Year in Formation: Theology II
Place: St. Mary’s Seminary

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Song: Don’t Swallow the Cap by The National
Favorite Hymn: For All the Saints
Favorite Gospel Story: The Road to Emmaus
Favorite Saint: St. Joseph and St. Teresa of Calcutta
What’s the coolest place you have ever been: New Orleans
If you could go one place in the world, and money were not an option, where would it be?  The Holy Land
What is your favorite church in the Diocese of Syracuse? St. Anthony of Padua in Syracuse
What surprised you most about your first day at seminary?  How many different people I met and how humid it was in Baltimore.
What do you look forward to most about priesthood? Being in a parish to celebrate the sacraments.
What advice would you give to someone discerning priesthood? Keep praying and just be open to God’s will for your life.

How did you get to this point?


I didn’t seriously consider priesthood until I was a few years out of college. Over time, I realized the good work that priests do and that I might be called to serve the Lord in this special way. Even after I started to discern the priesthood, it still was a tough decision for me to make the jump to enter the seminary. After I visited a few seminaries, I realized that I had to at least try out the seminary because I felt God was calling me there.

Since I’ve entered the seminary, I’ve had a very good experience.  The seminary environment allows you to deeply discern God’s calling for your life. I’ve had many opportunities to share my faith with others and I’ve also made many good friends in the process.

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