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Matthew Conger: ‘senior seminarian’

Nov. 1, 2017

By Catherine Russell
Diocesan Vocation Coordinator

Seventh in a series

Matthew Conger is our most senior seminarian, in his second year of theology at the Pontifical College Matthew CongerJosephinum.

A native of Ogdensburg, Matt is the son of Steven and Patricia Conger and younger brother to Steven, Pat and Carrie. His family attends Notre Dame Church.

For elementary school, Matt attended St. Marguerite D’Youville Academy. It was here he developed his love for participating in Mass.

During high school, Matt was active in the Key Club, providing many opportunities to be of service in the community. Helping people whenever possible has always been important to him.

Upon graduation from Ogdensburg Free Academy, Matt entered St. Charles Seminary where he completed his bachelors in philosophy. Matt then took a year off to further discern his call.

During that year, he realized what made him happy was studying for the priesthood. He came back more determined than ever that God was calling him to diocesan priesthood.

In his free time, Matt enjoys biking and camping and especially fishing. His faith hero is St. John Bosco. He couldn’t list a favorite food but he likes anything that is homemade

In answer to the question of why he wants to be a priest, Matt says, “To help people in their time of need and to bring Christ to people. That is special.”

Everyone who knows Matt knows he is very outgoing and joyful. This is a wonderful gift that has allowed him to develop many friendships. His joy is infectious.

Matt shares that he noticed the joy and care that Father Jim Shurtleff brought to the people of the parish. It was then that he knew there must be something special about the priesthood.

When he prays, Matt likes the prayer to St. Michael. His favorite scripture passage is from John: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Matt says, “We must give our all for others.”
Isn’t that the truth? God willing, Matt will be our next man ordained a priest!

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