Michael Peterson

1st year pre-theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore

Birthplace/date: Blackfoot, Idaho, May 10, 1979

Home parish/location: St. Andrew’s, Clemson

Family: mom and dad in Idaho, two older sisters and younger brother

Aspect of seminary looking forward to: deepening my spirituality

Aspect of seminary expecting to be difficult: adjusting to a schedule that I don’t make

Three people you would like to meet: the pope, Ronald Reagan, Palestrina (16th century composer)

Who/what inspired your vocation: friends and the example of good priests

What do you do for stress relief: I’m a runner.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years: either teaching or in a parish

Last book you read: “The Hidden Pope” by Darcy O’Brien

What occupation would you have pursued, if not priesthood: medical attorney

Time period you would like to visit: medieval Europe

If you were stranded in a bell tower, what three things would you want with you: my prayer book, a piano, all my books, and maybe a Soloflex

Do you think the seminary will adequately prepare you for the priesthood: At this point, I’m not sure. This is the first week, so I’ll say I hope so.

If you had three wishes, what would they be: to become a wonderful priest, to live a long and fulfilled life, and to always be learning

What’s your biggest fear: not living up to my call

What did you want to be as a kid: a doctor or attorney; My father’s a doctor, and my mom’s a lawyer.

If you could be a patron saint, what would it be of: musicians

What might you choose as your personal motto: Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed (John 20:29)