Daniel Powell

just completed 1st year pre-theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Birthplace/date: Denville, N.J.; July 9, 1965

Home parish/location: St. Paul the Apostle, Spartanburg, S.C.

Family: Father died Nov. 9, 1997, mother lives in Denville, 3 brothers and 3 sisters

Favorite aspect of seminary: Mass everyday

Most difficult aspect of seminary: studying, after being out of college for 14 years

Who inspired your vocation: my mother

What do you do for stress relief: go for a walk

Last book you read: “The Greatest Miracle in the World” by Og Mandino

Reactions from others on your entering the seminary: positive and supportive, some surprised; one has recently changed his mind and decided I could make a good priest.

What was your occupation before entering the seminary: construction estimator

Time period you would like to visit: late 1700s in colonial America

If you were stranded in a bell tower, what three things would you want with you: pizza, Diet Coke, and patience

Do you think the seminary will adequately prepare you for the priesthood: yes, if Jesus Christ and prayer remain the focus

If you had three wishes, what would they be: world peace, to visit the Holy Land, that it was easier to lose weight

What’s your biggest fear: eternal separation from God

What did you want to be as a kid: rich

Most difficult class: philosophical anthropology, so far