Although Mr. Merzweiler completed internships in the field of engineering while obtaining his undergraduate degree, he began investigating the priesthood in both diocesan and religious order contexts upon graduation. He worked for 1 ½ years in the painting, landscaping and remodeling business before entering the seminary. He joined St. Sebastian as a parishioner during the process of the St. Mary Parish and St. Bernard Parish merger.
Since Mr. Merzweiler's undergraduate work was in a technical field, he is required to complete two years of philosophy and religion courses before entering the major seminary at St. Mary's in Wickliffe. The Pre-Theology I (which Mr. Merzweiler completed during the 2009-10 academic year) and Pre-Theology II courses are offered primarily through John Carroll University. Such classes include numerous philosophy
courses as well as courses in Old and New Testaments, the Documents of Vatican II, Christian Ethics and Social Justice, to name a few. When Mr. Merzweiler enters the St. Mary Seminary in the 2011-12 academic year, he will complete an additional four years of advanced theology courses before ordination to the priesthood.
Mr. Merzweiler's first year in Pre-Theology convinced him of the need for a seminarian to be grounded in philosophy in order to undertake theological studies and to better understand the human person. He is convinced that one's true vocation must be found in dedication to and yearning for the Eucharist, whether one's vocation be to the ordained, the married or the single life. Our first vocation is to recognize that we are called to a self-giving love. God will grant us the grace to discern in what manner we are to exercise that selfless love in our lives. Finally, Mr. Merzweiler emphasizes that faithfulness to and unshakable trust in God's providence brings peace, which helps us never to lose sight of
St. Sebastian Council #14255 wishes that Jeremy Merzweiler will experience an abundance of God's grace as he studies to serve the people of the Diocese of Cleveland as a Roman Catholic priest.