Zach Harris

Birthday: June 24
Parish: Holy Spirit - Overland Park, KS

High School:

Jesuit College Prep - Dallas, TX

University:

Notre Dame & Texas A & M

Seminary:

Kenrick Glennon Seminary

Year in Seminary:

Pastoral Year at St. Joseph, Shawnee

Favorite Saint:

 St. Maximilian Kolbe

 

My advice to men considering the priesthood: In my own journey of discernment, Jesus and Mary taught me that the most important is keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus.  When our focus is no longer on asking, "Jesus, what do you want me to do?" but rather on saying, "Jesus, I want to be with you.  I will follow wherever you lead," it is then that Jesus will reveal to our hearts His desire for our lives – and we will discover that this is our deepest desire as well!  Before He calls us to do something and even before He calls us to live a specific vocation, Jesus calls us into relationship with Him – in the words of St. Paul, "let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith."  (Heb 12:1-2)  As we learn to remain with Jesus, He will guide us to not only discern but embrace our specific vocation because we discover that this corresponds to the deepest desires of our hearts which He planted there long ago.  The Second Vatican Council beautifully reminded us of this truth when it states: "Christ… by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear."  (Gaudium et Spes, 22)  This applies both to us as a whole, as the People of God, but also to each of us individually, as disciples of Christ called to share in His mission in our own particular way.  Concretely, daily mental prayer and regular spiritual direction with a faithful, prayerful director are two of the most important aids in this journey.  Through these two practices – daily mental prayer and spiritual direction –Jesus will draw our hearts to Himself that we may be His disciples and follow wherever He may lead.

 

Why I want to be a Priest:

I desire to be a priest to help people encounter and know more deeply God's love for them.  For those who do not know the Lord Jesus, I desire to be an instrument of His love; I desire to allow Him to seek them through me.  For those who have already met the Lord, I desire to be an instrument in His Hands accompanying them to deeper intimacy with Him.  I desire to share with all, through teaching and personal encounters, the richness and the beauty of life with Christ and His Church.

Hobbies & Interests: 

During my time at seminary, I've cherished the opportunity to learn to play the organ, drawing upon my experience of playing the piano since I was young.  I also enjoy playing basketball and joined the Kenrick Seminary team at the Mundelein seminary tournament the past two years - GO LIONS!!  

I also enjoy include spending time with my AVI brothers, being in the outdoors, and reading (especially the classics, theology, and philosophy).

Influence: 

Two key influences in my journey towards the priesthood were my mother who handed on to me her Catholic faith and my spiritual mother, Sr. Debbie Li, AVI, a sister from our community.  Through Sr. Debbie’s ministry, I encountered Jesus in a personal way as I began a practice of daily mental prayer and as she accompanied me in spiritual direction during my vocational discernment.

A few priests set important examples along the way include Fr. Jim Gallagher, CSC, through whom the Lord worked towards the end of my time at Notre Dame to give me a foretaste of spiritual direction and to help me begin to open my heart to Him, and Fr. Jonathan Raia, an inspiring example of a strong yet tender spiritual father during my time at Texas A&M.


 

 

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