2026 — II Philosophy

Colton Ketter, Sacred Heart Church, Charleston

Attends the House of Formation in Little Rock

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 am very glad that I have joined the seminary, and I am excited to start this journey and learn more about God, others and myself.

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 Sept. 17, 2019. Copyright Diocese of Little Rock. All rights reserved. This article may be copied or redistributed with acknowledgement and permission of the publisher.