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Lukas Gruber: a musician starts on road to priesthood

Sept. 14, 2017

By Cathy Russell
Diocesan vocation coordinator

Second in a series

Lukas Gruber will begin his seminary studies this month in pre-theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Lukas Gruber
The son of Markus and Elena Gruber, Lukas and his younger sister were raised on Long Island. He comes from a close knit extended family of German descent.

At an early age, Lukas discovered his love of music, especially the euphonium. This led him to attend college at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam where he received a bachelors’ degree in music.

It was during his college years that Lukas became more involved with the Newman Club on campus and more interested in the church. After graduation, Lukas accepted a job working in parish and campus ministry at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam, the parish he now calls home.

It was during his junior year of college that Lukas decided to become a priest. Father Howard Venette was instrumental in guiding and encouraging him. Lukas also joined the discernment group that meets in Potsdam.
“I was invited by a couple of priests and even some lay people to consider the priesthood,” he said. Most priests report the invitation they received makes a different in their discernment.

During his childhood, Lukas’ family prayed daily, sometimes  a rosary and sometimes just an Our Father. “Today my favorite prayers are the Holy Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, “he said. “My favorite saint is St. Pius X.”
When asked what advice he would give to a man considering the priesthood, Lukas responded, “Pray and go to Mass and the sacraments often. Find others who are also discerning and form a group. Talk to a trusted priest or the vocation director.”

In addition to his music, Lukas enjoys hiking.

As a priest, Lukas says, “I am most looking forward to being able to say Mass and to bring the sacraments to the people.”

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