Diocese of Baker
Meet, Welcome, and Pray for our Seminarians
David Douglas Jones - 2013
Home Parish: Our Lady of
the Valley, La Grande, OR
David (front row, 3rd from the right) with
seminarians and Msgr. Folda.
David under the window
St. Gregory the Great.
with his father
on Cassock Day
"I was born July 14, 1989, in La Grande, Oregon. I have
two older brothers, Ben (a student in Bangkok, Thailand) and
Dan (a journalist in Medford, Oregon).
Our family enjoys hiking and participating in Renaissance
Fairs, where my father and I play our violins. We also
My father was raised Catholic and went to Catholic
school in Pennsylvania. My parents were married at St.
Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, Illinois, in 1972; however, my
mother was a non-member at the time. My parents were
inactive religiously until 1980, when they converted to the
Mormon Church. However, after my
mom and I were baptized in the Catholic Church in 2001; our entire
family have had our records removed from the Mormon church.
My experience of the Catholic Church has been positive.
2001, I journeyed to Toronto, Canada, for World Youth Day where
I found myself 10 feet away from Pope John Paul II !!
In 2005, I journeyed to Germany for another World Youth Day,
but this time Pope Benedict was too
far away to be seen. I help out at our church whenever I
can. I have attended many youth camps and helped serve
lunches to high school kids at my church.
I honor myself on being chaste and celibate.
I think our society is strong enough to overcome the present,
environmental, and political woes if society and the world will
turn to God for help.
I graduated high school when a lot of people thought I
wouldn't. I have overcome many obstacles.
I remember the exact day on June 6, 2005, when I became aware
of God's wish for me to become a priest. I was at a youth
camp when I went off by myself to the chapel to pray. I
was in a fallen state at the time. I prayed for
forgiveness and guidance. When a feeling of forgiveness
and compassion swept over me. I want to help others know
they don't have to suffer sin because they can be forgiven by
asking and confessing and receiving absolution."
St. Gregory the Great Seminary
800 Fletcher Road
Seward, NE 68434-8145
St. Francis of Assisi,
of Bend was born in Escondido,
California, on March 20, 1994. In May, 1999, his family
relocated to Bend and raised their family. Nicholas has
three siblings; Olivia, age 14, Noah, age 10, and Oscar,
“During my free time, I love to read
and spend time with my friends. My favorite books are
history books, but my favorite author is Pat Conroy, and my
favorite book is ‘Gone With the Wind’. I love being in the
water and swimming. I also enjoy travelling with
my grandpa,” said Nicholas.
Nicholas became an altar server at
the age of eight and has been serving for ten years at
Saint Francis of Assisi parish. He was a member of the
Diocesan Youth Council for a summer.
“I have always wanted to be a priest
and I am thankful to the Diocese of Baker for their
sponsorship,” said Nicholas.
Nicholas enters his first year
of college at Mount Angel Seminary this fall.
Mount Angel Seminary
Benedict, OR 97373
Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, send Your Holy Spirit to open my mind and
heart to your divine call to holiness. Grant me the
strength and courage to answer Jesus’ call to ‘come and
follow Him.’ Help me this day to place my life in your
hands and to trust in your divine presence in my life. Open
the hearts and minds of young men and women, so that a new
flowering of vocations to the priesthood and religious
life, may show forth the fidelity of Your love. Then all
may know Christ, the true “Light of the World” as the
gentle voice calling them to follow Him. Bless me with the
courage to follow you, to serve your people and to spread
the good news of the Gospel. Amen.