Hometown: Steelville, MO
Home Parish: Holy Cross Catholic Church, Cuba
JOHN PAUL WERNER
My vocation story starts when I was around six or seven years old. At that time, I really wanted to be a paramedic. My dream of being a paramedic continued for years. However, as I got older, I began to realize that souls are much more important than bodies. Thus, around the age of 10 or 11, I began thinking about being a “paramedic for souls”—a priest. Over time, my desire for healing souls grew along with my knowledge of what a priest is and I soon dreamed about beginning seminary. Going to Mass and living a Catholic life has helped that dream grow more and more.
Favorite Quote or Bible Verse
“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’” – John 2:5
I shoe horses.