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Benjamin Knopf

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Year you entered the seminary? What did you do before you entered the seminary? Why did you enter the seminary?
After my second year in college I entered Seminary(2012). My local pastor was quite persistent that I should try one year in Seminary, and I finally decided to listen to him. Before I entered Seminary I worked for a contractor doing carpentry in the city.

What was one of the major influences leading you to consider priesthood?
Outside of my family, the strongest influence on my decision to enter Seminary was Fr. Sean DiMaria. He was my pastor while I was in college and saw in me something that was worthwhile. Without him I might have entered seminary years later, but he was the one that gave me direction and guidance when I needed it the most.

I have always loved reading, especially Tolkien and any of the spiritual classics. With my free time I play the bagpipes, and if I have time I will do some fine carpentry or leatherworking.

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