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2022 — III Philosophy

Nathan Ashburn, Cathedral of St. Andrew, Little Rock

Attends the House of Formation in Little Rock

When I returned home after having been in the Army for six-and-a-half years, my father, Deacon Chuck Ashburn, felt it would be wise for me to seek spiritual counseling from Msgr. Scott Friend, the vocations director for the Diocese of Little Rock. I eventually brought forth the courage to call Msgr. Friend to set up an appointment.

I started to see Msgr. Friend once a month. On the sixth month of visiting him, Msgr. Friend asked me if I ever had thought about the vocation of priesthood. I answered that I had not really considered this option. He suggested that I should think and pray about it to see what God wanted me to do with my life. Initially, I did not really think too much about that suggestion.

A couple weeks after that meeting with Msgr. Friend I was on my boat out on the lake. All of a sudden, I was thinking about becoming a priest. I was thinking of all the great things I could do to help other people. Since then, I started to ask God every day, “What do you want me to do with my life? Do you want me to live the life of a priest or do you want me to live the life of a married man?”

Now, what happened next showed me that God works in mysterious ways. Late one night, I was over at one of my friend’s house, and we were chatting it up about life. While we were chatting it up, I felt very strongly that God told me in my heart that he wanted me to become a priest, so I said "yes" to him. With much prayer and thanksgiving, I have begun this vocation journey.

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