Your Support Helps Future Vincentian Priests
Since beginning his Vincentian formation in 2015, Scott Jakubowski, C.M., has experienced the great joy and peace that come with a life of selfless service. Beyond his philosophy and theology classes, Scott has grown through ministry work here in the United States and abroad.
“I’ve had incredible opportunities to serve in a variety of settings: prisons in Panama, Catholic seminaries in Vietnam and among the migrant communities in Arkansas,” Scott recalls. “Each experience has opened me to new ways of stretching my understanding of the Gospel and serving those I encounter.”
Earlier this year, Scott took another key step toward embracing a life of ministry as a Vincentian priest – he professed his final vows at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Chicago. “We take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability,” Scott explains. “I have now committed before God to be a Vincentian for my entire life. It is a beautiful, humbling experience.”
While Scott has found happiness and peace in his Vincentian life, the formation experience is not without its challenges. For five years now, he has dedicated himself to his graduate studies, daily communal prayer with his brother Vincentians, regular workshops on aspects of religious life and assignments at various apostolic missions.
“When I was serving in Panama, I visited prisons where I was surrounded by criminals,” Scott recalls. “You truly learn to rely on God in those moments. It was very rewarding to pray with them and hear their stories.”
As Scott reflects on his future as a Vincentian priest, one aspect of the life and charism appeals to him most: helping to overcome poverty, both spiritual and material. “I love working with the poor,” Scott explains. “Poverty is everywhere around us – people are suffering in so many ways. To be able to lift up the poor, to recognize Jesus in them, to see them as our fellow human beings – this is what I am called to do.”
“To be able to lift up the poor, to recognize Jesus in them, to see them as our fellow human beings – this is what I am called to do.”
– Scott Jakubowski
Scott and the other men in formation are grateful for all of the support donors and benefactors provide. Your support helps empower men like Scott to prepare for Vincentian ministry. We invite you to continue to hold up in prayer Scott and all of the young men who are discerning a call to the religious life.