Seminarian Zach Tucker

Greetings St. James!

My name is Zach Tucker, and I am the seminarian assigned to you for the summer. In my family I am the eldest son, and I have five younger brothers, no sisters. I grew up in the parish of Christ the King and attended Mount Michael Benedictine School. Following high school, I spent four years at Benedictine College, graduating with a double major in Criminal Justice and History. After graduation, I took a position as an on-campus missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. For two years I worked on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. It was during this time that I felt the pull from the Lord to discern more deeply the call to His priesthood, and following the completion of my time with FOCUS, I entered seminary to study to become a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Having entered seminary after already receiving a college degree, I had to complete a program called “Pre-Theology,” which is essentially an intensive two-year bachelor‘s degree program in Philosophy. I did those studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, alongside many of the other seminarians from Omaha. Upon completing the Pre-Theology program at Kenrick-Glennon, the diocese asked me to pursue my four years of Theology studies in Rome, at the Pontifical North American College. I just finished my third year of studies, and, God willing, I will be ordained a deacon on October 3rd in Rome. I look forward to praying with and getting to know you all this summer!