Diocese of Jefferson City

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

Fun Fact

I shoe horses.