Jacob Stinnett

When a seminarian spent his pastoral year at his middle school, Jacob Stinnett witnessed the vibrancy of priest life and began cultivating his relationship with God and his desire to enter the seminary. “I had never considered the priesthood before that,” recalls Jacob, “but the seminarian – who is now Father Thompson of our Diocese – made priesthood relatable to me.” He goes on to say that it made him think, “that looks really cool, I want to know more.” 

He feels fortunate that he attended St. Charles Preparatory School, which helped to further foster his growth and helped him to grow in his relationship with God throughout his high school years. Jacob went on to explore the calling through prayer and daily mass, confirming his desire to do God’s will as a priest. 

Jacob was ordained a Transitional Deacon in 2020, and is preparing for his priestly ordination on May 29, 2021. We had the opportunity to catch up with him for a few minutes to learn a little bit more about him and what he is most looking forward to in his life as a priest. 

Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Columbus. I went to Immaculate Conception Parish, Immaculate Conception School, and St. Charles Preparatory School.

Tell us about your family. 

My parents are Mark and Nancy, and I have one younger sister, Anna.

As you look forward to your life in the priesthood, what are you most looking forward to? 

I am very excited to celebrate Mass and to bring the grace of Christ to people through the sacraments. Also blessing things is pretty cool!

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I enjoy visiting friends, reading, and sleeping-in (although I don’t get to do it very often).

What are you reading/watching/listening to? 

I am reading through some of Pope Benedict’s Wednesday Catecheses, and Fr. Rutler’s biography of St. John Vianney. I am always listening to classical radio.

What is your favorite food or favorite restaurant? 

I love macaroni and cheese, and ice cream.  My favorite restaurants are Chick-fil-A and Asterisk Supper Club.

What is your favorite bible verse?

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

You can also hear Jacob Stinnett and others tell their own discernment stories as part of our Seminarian Spotlight series. 

As the Diocese of Columbus reorients itself towards evangelization, the Diocese is beginning to invest more time and resources into a diocesan-wide social media presence.  As this is now beginning to grow, the Vocations Office will no longer need to carry the message in social media as the Vocations Office.  The new Social Media Department of the Diocese will have the mission of spreading the Gospel through social media and will be the avenue by which the Vocations Office works to promote a culture of vocations.  As the Vocations Office we will still continue our information website, www.seekholiness.com.  This site will be going through an exciting transformation over the next several months as the Diocese moves to a new platform.  We will also begin running our vocations-oriented messages, event announcements, and news through the diocesan social media platform.  Because of this, Face Forward’s time will be coming to a close at the end of this month.  We thank all of those who have been a part of this important work in the life of the local Church. We look forward with excitement to the spread of the Gospel and the cultivation of a culture of vocations as we enter this new phase in the life of the Diocese of Columbus.  Please continue to follow along with us through our seekholiness.com site and through the Diocese of Columbus Social Media platform.


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In Christ,
Fr. William Hahn