Watch: On the Path to Priesthood: James Bonar


Watch: On the Path to Priesthood: James Bonar

Meet Diocese of Lansing seminarian, James Bonar. 22-year-old James grew up in the parish of Christ the King in Ann Arbor. He first considered the call to the sacred priesthood, however, during his time as a student at Michigan Tech in Houghton and, especially, through his involvement with the university parish, St Albert the Great.

“One powerful moment in my discernment was the Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ SEEK Conference in 2017. During the big adoration night, I strongly felt Jesus asking me if I was willing to follow Him and to trust in His plan for my life rather than my own,” recalls James.

“He broke through that night and since then I have felt invited to pursue seminary to discern more clearly what exactly is Christ’s call for my life?”

Following graduation from Michigan Tech, James was accepted as a student for the sacred priesthood by the Diocese of Lansing and is now a student at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

“My advice to men considering a call to the priesthood is to do something about it. Quietly sitting still, praying and wonder what God is call you to do rarely yields a satisfactory answer. God cannot guide a person who refuses to move.”

Please keep James in your prayers in the months and years to come. Saint Charles Borromeo, patron of seminarians, pray for him.

• Do you also feel that Almighty God may be to the Sacred Priesthood? Contact Father John Whitlock, Director of Seminarians for the Diocese of Lansing on 517-342-2507 or at

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