Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Time For Chat Tuesday! This evening we are chatting with Nick Droll, a seminarian for the Diocese of Columbus. Nick is at Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland. Welcome Nick!
Nick Droll Thanks, great to be here!
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: How’s your spring semester going?
Nick Droll It is going very well thank you. We have some papers and tests coming up but no reason to panic…not yet anyway!
Nick Droll Hi Sean, welcome!
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: Tell us about your time helping to patrol the streets of Columbus while you were a criminology major at Ohio State?
Nick Droll For a number of years, I worked for a non-profit group that works very closely with the Columbus Division of Police patrolling various neighborhoods and parks around the city. I enjoyed this work immensely and it was very rewarding serving people and getting to know them and the dynamics of the city I have very much grown to love. Before entering the seminary, I had wanted to be a Police Officer and so this work helped me to see what that work was like and also that God’s will for me was in a different direction, but this experience was extremely valuable and I know that I will carry the knowledge I garnered into the priesthood.
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: Any funny moments from that time jump to your mind?
Nick Droll Too many to mention….except that occasionally the police were called on us while we were patrolling, and one time there was a thankfully brief encounter with a K9.
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: How did you stay connected to your faith while you were an undergrad?
Nick Droll As a one time philosophy major at Ohio State, I learned early on that I thrive in an environment in which I am challenged. It makes me want to learn and love the truth even more. I prayed everyday, especially the Liturgy of the Hours and the rosary and went to daily Mass often. Eucharistic Adoration was also a key part of my prayer life.
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: Can you tell us what Liturgy of the Hours is?
Nick Droll Sure, it is the official prayer of the Church for various parts of the day and priests, deacons, and religious are obligated to pray from it at various times of the day, just as all Catholics are obligated to go to Mass on Sunday. It involves making the whole day holy and to fulfill the Lord’s command to pray without ceasing.
Nick Droll All of the Faithful are encouraged in praying with the Church this liturgy, which is neat because you are united with the whole Church throughout the world
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Where would one find the Liturgy of the Hours?
Nick Droll Many parishes will hold vespers on Sundays during lent…like Saint Michael’s in Worthington to name one.
Nick Droll The LOtH can be found online athttp://www.universalis.com/ and http://www.liturgyhours.org/ and in book form…I recommend starting out with Christian Prayer which is one volume. There is even an i-phone app and the Magnificat monthly magazine has prayers from the LOtH.
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Great info, thanks Nick!
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: Was there an event or moment when you knew you would be a priest?
Nick Droll I had a sense early on, right around Kindergarten and then it only intensified leading up to second grade when I made my First Holy Communion. This maintained until later on, but that sense that God was calling me to Holy Orders has always remained with me, more or less prevalent at times.
Nick Droll It took me awhile in high school and college to remember that, but eventually I did, and I thank God for that grace!
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: So your nickname was the “garbage disposal” in grade school … how did you get that?
Nick Droll Yea…that was in elementary school, when other kinds were more concerned with getting outside or the gym for recess and so they would give me and a few other guys some of their food to…expedite the process. I swear I was a really skinny kid in those days!
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: The seminarian community is pretty small … do nicknames get dished out there?
Nick Droll Yes they do, I have a classmate nicknamed Moose and another friend called Sponge, but I have mostly avoided a nick-name, although some guys have taken to a unique way of pronouncing my name…
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: One last question … who is/are your favorite saint/saints?
Nick Droll I must say the Blessed Virgin Mary first and foremost. After that, Saint Francis de Sales is the major patron of our diocese, and I like the Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. My patron is famous and I am quite devoted to Saint Nicholas. I am also very devoted to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who’s basilica here in Emmitsburg and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the lily of the Mohawks.
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Nick Droll: This ends Chat Tuesday. Many thanks to Nick Droll for chatting this evening. Next week we’ll have some Fish Fry chairmen from parishes in the Diocese … who’s got the best fish? Fries? Tune in to find out how they make those fish frys happen!
And don’t forget to visit the Face Forward crew and seminarians at the Saint Matthias Fish Fry this Friday!
Nick Droll Thanks for having me! Happy Lent!
Nick Droll and Praised be Jesus Christ!