Deacon Nathaniel Daubner: Prayer helped with choice between police or priesthood

For Deacon Nathaniel Daubner priesthood has long been on his heart and in his mind.

“I was thinking about the priesthood most of my younger years,” Deacon Daubner said.  “I kept thinking I wanted to be a priest and I would tell people I wanted to be a priest.”

Bishop Patrick Neary accepts the promise of obedience from Deacon Nathaniel Dauber at his ordination June 8 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. (Photography by Dianne Towalski / The Central Minnesota Catholic)

Deacon Daubner grew up in the country outside of Princeton with his parents, seven siblings and his grandparents. He attended St. Mary Parish in Milaca and St. Louis Bertrand Parish in Foreston, the two parishes Deacon Daubner considers his home parishes.

“I loved growing up in the country and experiencing the quiet.  I’ve always heard that the Lord speaks in the silence,” he said.

When Deacon Daubner was in junior high, he explored the idea of priesthood with Father Gregory Mastey, then-director of the diocesan vocations office.

“He encouraged me to start a prayer life,” he said. “I didn’t end up investing much in it at the beginning, but especially during my senior year, I really developed my prayer life.”

There was a time during high school where Deacon Daubner thought about marriage and going to school to be a police officer.

“I kept reflecting upon law enforcement and how I wanted to live a life of service and virtue and to be a protector, to have a career where I was asked to lay down my life for others,” he said.

He realized that the same values that appealed to him in law enforcement were also what drew him toward the priesthood. Deacon Daubner entered the seminary and is grateful for his education and formation.

“Seminary is busy.  It’s not easy, but I am surprised by the joy and beauty of it,” Deacon Daubner said. “To live a life of prayer and study and being with fellow seminarians –integrating all three of these things together has been beautiful.”

Deacon Daubner, who attends The Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul, will serve this summer at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria.

“I look forward to putting what I have learned into practice through ministry,” he said. “As a deacon, I am looking most forward to celebrating the sacraments and walking with people.”

Author: Amber Walling

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