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Seminarian Steven Marchand

Seminarian Steven Marchand at St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vt. Seminarian Steven Marchand at St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vt.
Steven R. Marchand considers his call to the priesthood a “complete gift of God.”
 
Throughout his life, the seminarian for the Diocese of Burlington felt God's guiding hand and gratuitous grace.
 
The son of Russell and Linda Marchand of Our Lady of Grace Church in Colchester grew up in a faithful and prayerful Catholic family and received a love for Jesus Christ and the Church from his parents. “Over time, that faith matured, and I made it my own, and it was then that I heard that call to give my life to God as His priest,” he said.
 
Though he has not had any great conversion experience or grand epiphanies, he has trusted along the path of priestly formation that if it were indeed God's will, He would provide the grace necessary to see it come to fruition. “If we respond to God with generous, sincere and prayerful hearts and heed holy and good counsel, God will see to the rest,” Marchand said. “I am humbled and grateful for the precious gift of my vocation and only hope that I will be found worthy to respond to it.”
 
He is scheduled to be ordained to the transitional diaconate on Sept. 28 at the Altar of the Chair of St Peter's Basilica in Rome. This is the final step before ordination to the priesthood.
 
Homeschooled through elementary and high schools, Marchand earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and music at Providence College while attending Our Lady of Providence College Seminary. He has completed his third year of theology studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
 
He will be stationed at St. John Vianney Parish in South Burlington for the summer.
 
Born in 1991 in Burlington and raised in Milton, Marchand was inspired to enter the seminary by the example of great saints such as John Vianney and Francis de Sales. “Holy priests I have known … been a great aid in persevering to ordination,” he said, adding that the writing of Venerable Fulton Sheen on the priesthood also has been a great modern inspiration.
 
Marchand has a deep interest in music, especially sacred music, and he seriously considered attending conservatory and becoming a choral conductor and composer. He also has a keen interest in cooking and briefly considered a career as a chef.
 
As he anticipates his upcoming ordination to the transitional diaconate, Marchand is humbled and grateful to approach the culmination of seven years of prayer and study. “I pray God I am worthy to receive this gift. I am filled with joy to surrender my life to God and promise Him my prayer, obedience, celibacy and fidelity,” he said.
 
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Originally published in the July 1, 2017, issue of The Inland Sea.
Last modified onFriday, 21 July 2017 07:28
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