Military academy changes gears for seminarian Nick Shiver

Nick Shiver is seen here with Auxiliary Bishop Roy Campbell of the Archdiocese of Washington, outside the chapel at Theological College. (Provided)

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CHARLESTON—Seminarian Nick Shiver will start his first year at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., after spending the last three years at Theological College in Washington, D.C.  This August he will begin first theology, which will be his fifth year of seminary. His ordination is expected for either June 2024 or June 2025, depending upon whether he is given a pastoral year.

Who is a person you admire and why?

St. Pope John Paul II. What I admire so much about JPII is that this contemporary saint was so incredibly well-rounded. He was a scholar and a lover of the outdoors, he was a worker and an artist, he was a great philosopher and a great theologian, he was a recognizably holy man and also a man with an acute sense of humor, he was a mystic and a leader. He can relate to everyone in some way or another. I think he embodies St. Paul’s call for apostles to be all things to all people. 

How did you discern the direction of your vocation?

I decided to enter the seminary after spending two years at the United States Military Academy at West Point. It was in that setting that I believe God called me to change gears to begin training for a different kind of warfare. It was there that I was drawn to the priestly vocation by observing the life of a military chaplain, Father Matt Pawlikowski. Because of his witness, I gained the perspective and the determination that I maintain today.

Of the places where you have travelled, which is your favorite and why?

My favorite place that I have travelled is probably Ireland. I was blown away by the natural beauty of the land, and I fell in love with the Irish culture. The west coast particularly impressed me.

When you were around 10 or 11 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a professional athlete. I especially loved football as a young kid. I still do, in fact.

What do you want people to remember you for?

I hope people remember me mostly for being a man who truly loved God and loved His people.

What is the pastime that you are happiest doing?

I love taking part in active pastimes, whether it be on the water, in the mountains, or playing sports.

What are causes that you care about?

I’m passionate about the advancement of solid education that is rooted in truth in all of its many realms. I also care a lot about the promotion of authentic Catholic family life.