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As long as I can remember, I had always been fascinated by the priesthood. When I was around the age of 14, I felt like I might be called to the priesthood, but I never gave any real thought to this calling. I did not allow myself to grow in my vocation, so I ignored what God had planned for me.
Throughout high school, I was involved with youth ministry in both my parish and the diocese. There were many times when I felt like I may be called to a vocation in the priesthood, but still, I would ignore this calling. I thought I had everything figured out, and I decided to go to college. I spent two years at college, but during my sophomore year, something inside me started to change.
The call I had been ignoring for so long was starting to grow, and it became hard to ignore. It became exhausting fighting God and his will for me, so I submitted myself to him. I decided it was time to let God in and ask what he wanted for my life. For so long I was concerned with what I wanted, but it was time that I gave that over to God.
Over the course of a few months, I put God first and tried to discern what it was he wanted for me. My life felt at peace when I put God’s will before my own. I attended the Come and See retreat in December 2018. It was there that I decided I would join the seminary to continue discerning a vocation to the priesthood.
I have been living in the House of Formation for about a year, and so far I am very pleased with this experience as a seminarian for the Diocese of Little Rock. During this time, I have grown in love for the people I serve and the ministry that God calls me. In years to come I hope to continue to be the servant that God calls me to be and to give of myself fully to him and his people.
If you wish to contact Colton Ketter, please e-mail Maria Izquierdo-Roque in the Vocations Office or call her at (501) 664-0340. This article was published July 1, 2020. Copyright Diocese of Little Rock. All rights reserved. This article may be copied or redistributed with acknowledgement and permission of the publisher.