Seminarians

Robert WhitneyRobert Whitney
Theology III
The Saint Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2017

I was born in Anchorage to Randy Earl and Kerry Elizabeth (Connelly) Whitney. I also have a younger brother named Richard. My family’s home parish is Holy Family Cathedral downtown. I attended all of our Catholic schools in Anchorage (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lumen Christi, Holy Rosary), and graduated from Bartlett High School. Afterwards I attended the University of Idaho, Moscow, taking a Bachelor of Arts in the Classics. Following graduation from college I returned home to Anchorage, where I taught in both the Catholic and public school systems for one year, until I discerned a vocation to the priesthood.

Currently in my fifth year at The Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota, I am studying here with four other Anchorage seminarians. This time in seminary has been a great blessing, we have excellent professors, and I believe it has prepared me well for priestly ministry in the Church. God willing, I will be ordained to the transitional diaconate this June 3rd, and to the priesthood in June of 2017. Thank you so very much for all of your generous support of my seminarian brothers and I. Please pray for us, and know of our prayers for you and your families.


Kevin KlumpKevin Klump
Theology I
The Saint Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2019

I was born June 8th, 1992 and was baptized on June 28th on the memorial of St. Irenaeus of Lyons. I grew up in South Anchorage as the third of six children in the parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I attended Holy Rosary Academy for most of my youth and later attended Service High School. Some of my joys of youth were fishing and camping with family as well as ice hockey with good friends. By the grace of Christ, I am now in my first year of theology studies towards the Priesthood.

After four years of formation, I am now in my first year of theology studies towards the Priesthood with three more to go! Every day in seminary begins with an hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, is founded upon our Mass at noon, and is tied together by the chanting of Psalmody. The rest of our time is divided among education in doctrine, pastoral training, fellowship and holy leisure. It is a great blessing to be living even as the first Christians (Acts 2:42)! To our benefactors: thank you so very much for your generosity and support!


Spencer HodgsonSpencer Hodgson
Pre-Theology II
The Saint Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Expected ordination date to priesthood: 2020

I grew up in Anchorage at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, but had no idea that I might end up in seminary someday. I grew up in a good Catholic family, but I had never even considered the priesthood, mostly because I saw it as being a lonely and sad life. It wasn’t until I went to college and started getting to know young Catholics who were not only vibrant Catholics but also normal college students that everything started to change. I started making God the center of my life, and then eventually even asking what he might want for me.

I am now in my second year of seminary, and will (God willing) be ordained in 2020. Seminary has been a huge blessing in my life, and my favorite thing so far has been getting together with the other Alaskan seminarians for a home cooked dinner once a week. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to grow in holiness, and to learn wonderful things about the faith. I know that certainly none of this would be possible without generous donors, so I’m very grateful for all those in the Archdiocese who have supported me in my vocation though prayers and generous donations.


Madison HayesMadison Hayes
Pre-Theology I
The Saint Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2021
Co-Sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services

I was born in Merced, California to Marc and Karen Hayes on Castle Air Force Base where my father was stationed for the United States Air Force. I have four brothers of which I am the middle son. My family moved to Germany after my father was stationed overseas, and we lived there until I graduated High School. We are all converts to Catholicism, and entered the Church through the Archdiocese for the Military Services. I attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where I played Division III football, worked part-time at a lumberyard, and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Communications. Shortly after graduation from college I enlisted in the Air Force, and served honorably on active duty as a career enlisted aviator onboard the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. It was while I was stationed in Alaska, in between flying and fishing, that I discerned a vocation to the priesthood.

I am in my first year of Pre-Theology at The Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota. I am engaged in the study of Philosophy, introductory classes on the Theological Tradition of the Church, and introductory courses on Sacred Scripture. One of the greatest blessings in my first year has been our apostolic works every Wednesday, where I am currently ministering at the Veterans Administration Hospital as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion here in Saint Paul/Minneapolis. God willing, I will be ordained to the priesthood in 2021! I thank God for all of your generous support of my brother seminarians and I. As our benefactor’s, we will pray for you and your families and keep you close in our hearts as we continue our formation.


Jake BrownleeJake Brownlee
College II
Saint John Vianney College Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2022

My name is Jake Brownlee, I am a twenty year old, second year seminarian. I am from St. Andrews parish and a graduate of Chugiak High School. During my time is high school, sports were my life and all I cared about. During my Junior year, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and the workings of the Holy Spirit, I felt the call to the priesthood. It was then I devoted my life to God and pursuing His will. I am here at seminary, because I believe it is God’s will that I serve Him and His Church as a priest.

This is my second year of seminary, where I am being formed by an excellent formation staff of priests into the man God wants me to be. Here I study philosophy. What was once a cross and a burden to bear, has now become a great blessing. I am learning the truths the Catholic faith holds so dearly. I begin every day with a holy hour where my relationship with God is strengthened and nourished through contemplative prayer and in the hands of Mary. Seminary is not easy; rather, it is a place where I am constantly pushed to become the more like Christ. Thank you for your thoughtful support!

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