Meet the New Seminarians: Evan Sharp
I was born and raised in Cincinnati. I attended The Ohio State University from 2016 to 2017, as an astrophysics major. In Fall 2017, I transferred to the University of Cincinnati. Shortly thereafter I reverted to my Catholic faith and changed my major to philosophy, graduating in 2021. I went through RCIA in order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish.
I first seriously considered that I might be called to the priesthood in the months following my Confirmation in 2018. I began attending daily Mass and my frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist greatly deepened my participation in the spiritual life, bearing fruit especially in prayer. It was in those moments of prayer that I began to ask the Lord for the wisdom to discern the vocation He had ordained for me.
I look forward to becoming a Christian whose heart burns more fully with the fire of divine charity for Our Lord and for my neighbor, a calling all baptized share. With the intention to be ordained in mind, I look forward to becoming a man whose life is devoted to the service of God’s people.
My favorite saint is the Blessed Virgin Mary. Frequently praying Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary has changed my life. My patron is St. John the Evangelist. He was the only Apostle to be present at Our Lord’s Crucifixion, and it was to him, serving as a representative of all Christians, that Our Lord gave the Blessed Virgin Mary as his (and, by extension, our) Mother.
In my free time, I enjoy reading. I am currently working my way through the various works of J.R.R Tolkien. I also enjoy playing basketball with my friends and a good game of pool or darts when I can get the chance.
This article appeared in the October 2022 edition of The Catholic Telegraph Magazine. For your complimentary subscription, click here.