2021 — II Theology

Ben Riley, Christ the King Church, Little Rock

Attends St. Meinrad Seminary, Indiana

I am in my sixth year in the seminary, and my second year studying theology at St. Meinrad in southern Indiana. My time in the seminary has gone by so fast, just like everyone said it would.

It is hard to believe I am only a few years away from my diaconate ordination and from becoming ordained a priest: To God alone be the glory!

I have spent the past summers studying Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico. My language skills are coming along slowly and there is still a lot to learn. Please continue to keep me in your prayers.

I loved my first year studying theology. Not that I didn’t enjoy studying philosophy, but I am much more interested in theology and it is refreshing to finally be studying the subjects that I am truly passionate about.

St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is a beautiful, secluded place that lends itself to prayer and study. My first year went well. It did not take long to transition into a seminary that is substantially larger than the House of Formation. 

I am deeply grateful for all your prayers and support. You are the Church. Through working in the different ministries, I have had the opportunity to meet some of you in different parishes all over the state. I would not be where I am today without the many people who have supported me along the way.

Please know that you are always in my prayers. May God bless you and your families.