Our Seminarians

Theology Seminarians:

Dale Mallory

Ben Snyder

Cameron Costello

Isaac Doucette

Dominic Nguyen

Dane Dickinson

Pre-Theology/College Seminarians: 

William Keating

Osmin Melendez

Deacon Dale Mallory

4th Year, Theology
St. Paul Seminary
2260 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-1010

Home Parish Location: St. Anthony, Knoxville

Why did you become a seminarian? I became a seminarian because I believe God is calling me to the priesthood. Being a seminarian provides me the
opportunity to explore and respond to God’s call, whenever He may lead me.

Before you entered seminary, what were you doing? Before seminary I worked as a kitchen assistant and student manager in the dormitories at the University of Iowa.

An interesting fact about you: M

y father was in the Army when I was growing up. I was actually born in Massachusetts and I’ve lived all round the US and
Germany. I didn’t live in Iowa, my parents’ home state, until I was 15.

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Deacon Ben Snyder

4th Year, Theology
St. Paul Seminary
2260 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-1010

Home Parish Location:  St. James Parish, Washington

Why did you become a seminarian?  I felt called to the priesthood when I was maybe six years old. In high school, I realized I had to take this idea of priesthood seriously when everybody started asking “What are you going to do?” Overall, I have always loved Jesus Christ and His Bride the Church and I entered seminary to “date” the Church to see if She is the one for me and if I am worthy of Her to serve Her as a priest. 

Before you entered seminary, what were you doing?  I entered seminary right out of high school so before seminary, I was finishing my senior year of high school (homeschooled all the way!) and working at the Mustard Seed Catholic Book store in Iowa City.

An interesting fact about you:  I absolutely love games of any kind. At family gatherings, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, my family would play cards all afternoon. In seminary, a group of us would play Settlers of Catan almost every night for hours. My particular favorite games are strategy games and I am very competitive. Watch out!

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Cameron Costello

3rd Year, Theology
University of St. Mary of the Lake
Mundelein Seminary
1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060-1967

Home Parish Location:  St. Ann’s, Long Grove

Why did you become a seminaria

n? Over the past three years praying in front of the tabernacle, I felt God calling me to the seminary and possibly the priesthood. Knowing God wants the best for me I decided to follow.

Before you entered seminary, what were you doing? Before entering seminary I was coaching cross country, wrestling, and track & field at Durant High School.

An interesting fact about you: I once ran 42 miles at one time.

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Isaac Doucette

3rd Year, Theology
University of St. Mary of the Lake
Mundelein Seminary
1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060-1967

Home Parish Location: St. Mary’s, Iowa City

Why did you become a seminarian? As a seminarian I am able to pursue God’s call in my life.

Before you entered seminary, what were you doing? I graduated from the University of Iowa. Then I worked in the financial field for the last five plus years. I also was involved in the Knights of Columbus, Fathers of Saint Joseph, 40 Days for Life, and John Paul II Medical Research Institute, among other apostolates.

An interesting fact about you: I participated in the ministry formation program through the Diocese for one year before entering the sem

inary.

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Duoc “Dominic”

Nguyen

3rd Year, Theology
University of St. Mary of the Lake
Mundelein Seminary
1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060-1967

Home Parish Location: Gia Yen Parish, Gia Kiem, Dong Nai, Vietnam. Home parish in the Davenport Diocese: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport.

Why did you become a seminarian? I liked the priesthood, and I thought about it regularly. After the “Come and See” weekend at Conception, I thought I would join seminary to discern my vocation.

Before you entered seminary, what were you doing? I have been an international college student mainly at Scott Community College in Iowa. I studied full-time as a chemistry major, and I worked as a host in Tantra Asian Bistro.

An interesting fact about you: My Vietnamese name is Dược, which means medicine-related things. And so far, people have called me by 4 different names: Quang, Dược, Arthur, Dominic.

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Dane Dickinson

2nd Year, Theology
University of St. Mary of the Lake
Mundelein Seminary
1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060-1967

Home Parish Location:  St. Mary, Fairfield

Why did you become a seminarian?  After several years of working in the secular world, I wanted to say “yes” to God’s plan for my life. I look forward to the opportunity to continue my discernment.  

Before you entered seminary, what were you doing?  I spent eight years in the automotive industry and two years as an industrial technology teacher. I was a Confirmation catechist for six years and worked with my parish youth ministry program. 

An interesting fact about you:  When I was younger, I spent a summer in New Mexico leading backpacking trips and another summer in Alaska sea kayaking, backpacking, and mountaineering! 

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William keating

1st Year, Pre-Theology
Vianney House
1235 Mt. Loretta Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52003

Home Parish Location:  St. Patrick, Iowa City

Why did you become a seminarian? I became a seminarian because I believe God has been calling me to it. Since I was a boy, I have been fascinated with the Priesthood and have felt a tug in my heart reaching all the way back to my early memories. I have studied in various fields and have worked in various fields as well, but a longing remained in my heart all the while. After years of prayerful discernment and with the guidance of a spiritual director, I decided it was time to follow this tug of the heart and explore what God has been calling me to.

Before you entered seminary, what were you doing? Prior to entering seminary, I was working in streets construction for the City of Iowa City and finishing up my Associates of Liberal Arts from Kirkwood Community College

An interesting fact about you: I am an avid outdoorsman due in no small part to my time in service as an infantry scout in the Army National Guard.

 

 

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 Osmin Melendez

3rd Year, College
Assumption Seminary
2600 W. Woodlawn Ave
San Antonio, Texas 78228

Home Parish Location: St. James, Washington

Why did you become a seminarian? Because I feel called to start training to be a priest, I am here to answer the call.

Before you entered seminary, what were you doing? Working for 5 years at West Liberty Foods, Mount Pleasant, as a machine operator.

An interesting fact about you: While serving in my parish, I saw many signs that God is calling me to be a priest or to serve in the priestly life.

 

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If you feel called to a religious or consecrated vocation, be not afraid!
Pray daily, seek the sacraments, and talk to a priest. The Vocation Directors are happy to help you discern your vocation.

For general inquiries to the Vocation Office, click: vocations@davenportdiocese.org

Fr. Ross Epping
563-888-4255
Vocation Director