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Lehman grad discerning call to priesthood

His faith and vocation were first nurtured at home, then at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, said recent graduate Elias Bezy. One of 11 children, he recalls attending daily Mass with his mother, Bree, and developing an early affinity for priestly ministry.

While he was home-schooled as a child, both he and his parents were drawn to the sense of community at Lehman, along with the available extracurricular activities. Whether he was participating in the band, cross country, the Pro-Life Club, or debate team, Bezy said he appreciated the opportunity to “build my character and my leadership skills.”

The variety of community service activities at both Lehman and his parish (Holy Angels) gave Bezy the chance to “grow in my faith in such a way that I realized that it’s not just how it impacts you as an individual, but the whole community.”

“I’ve been discerning the priesthood over the past few years,” he explained. “Participating in the Mass, the sacraments and adoration at Lehman have helped me grow in my understanding and love of the vocation of the priest. I’ve always tried to be a role model for my peers and show my love for the Church, how it has true meaning and true life behind it, and can make a difference.”

“Elias and I have had many discussions about vocation and prayer,” said Father Peter Langenkamp, school chaplain. “He has a deep faith, a generous heart, and a zeal for Christ and His Church. These are the sort of qualities the Church needs, not only from young men discerning the priesthood, but from all young Catholic men and women. More than a worldly success that soon passes, love of the Lord and His Church and virtue are the real fruits of a Catholic education.”

Bezy will continue to discern his call to the priesthood at Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary.

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