Joseph Carter


St. Joseph Seminary College
75376 River Road
St. Benedict, LA 70457

School: St. Joseph Seminary College
75376 River Road
St. Benedict, LA 70457

Tell us about where you grew up and your family background?

I grew up in the Acworth-Kennesaw area in Georgia all of my life. I was raised in a Catholic family of five and graduated from Pebblebrook High School.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy playing guitar and ukulele, working out, and going to adoration.

What is one of your favorite scriptures?

1 Corinthians 13: 4-13 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 1but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Who is your favorite saint and why?

My favorite saint is Saint Francis Xavier, because of the missionary work he did throughout the Eastern hemisphere in the 1500’s. I hope to spread the joy and word of the Lord to many as he was able to.

In a nutshell, what is your vocation story? How did you feel called to the priesthood?

In the eight grade I had my first thought of the priesthood during prayer in mass. From there the idea of pursuing the vocation of the priesthood has grown more and more inside my heart. By the time I was a senior in high school I knew that I needed to take it a step further and apply to the seminary.

What is seminary life like for you?

Seminary life is a unique experience where I can grow in my spiritual life, while also thriving in every other aspect. Life here gives me as a seminarian the resources to be a great student, while also growing in chastity among the other men on campus who not only strive towards a virtuous life, but as a true disciple of God.

What do you look forward to about being a priest?

I look forward being able to celebrate the mass as well as giving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

What advice do you have for other guys thinking about the priesthood?

Your discernment can not be figured out on your own. Talk to your parents, pastor, and the vocation directors at the archdiocesan offices about your potential calling towards the priesthood. And I can not stress this enough – pray – and if all possible go to Adoration as much as possible to bring your discernment to Jesus. He will lead you to the next step of your discernment.