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First steps to the priesthood for Kevin McCullouch

Oct. 4, 2017

By Cathy Russell
Diocesan Vocation Coordinator

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Kevin McCullouch hails from Holy Family Parish in Watertown. A resident of Black River, he graduated from Kevin McCullouchCarthage Central School and attended Jefferson Community College. The son of Gary and Laurie McCullouch, he has an older sister and a younger brother.

During high school, Kevin was a captain of his swim team. He was involved in the school’s musicals and was a member of a select chorus.

Attending Sunday Mass as a family was an important activity in shaping the person Kevin has become. At an early age, he became a server at Mass and soon discovered a special gift of working with young people. As a counselor at Camp Guggenheim, Kevin has been able to develop his gift in youth ministry.

As far as priesthood is concerned, “I first began thinking about priesthood around the time I started serving at Mass,” he said. “In ninth grade, I spoke to the Vocation Director. From there, I continued to pray and develop my prayer life.

Now he is in his first year of seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum where he continues to discern what God is calling him to be.

Kevin’s faith heroes are St. Faustina and St. John Paul II. His favorite prayers include the Liturgy of the Hours and the rosary. When he reflects on the scriptures, Kevin is drawn to the parable of the lost son.

“I want to be a priest to provide the sacraments to the people and service in humble ways,” Kevin said.
When he needs to relax or have a little fun, Kevin enjoys bowling, riding his bike and ice skating.

When asked what advice he would give to a man thinking about priesthood, Kevin smiles broadly and says, “First of all, that’s amazing! We need more men to respond courageously to our Lord’s call. Keep praying and surround yourself with good Catholic friends who will support and pray for you.”

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