‘Priesthood knocking on my door’

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Deacon Kevin Dansereau wasn't intent on taking an office job straight out of college. After graduating with a degree in technical and scientific communications from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, he applied for the Peace Corps. But it wasn't until he arrived in a rural town in Niger that he learned his assignment would involve teaching contraceptive use.

"I couldn't do it," said Deacon Dansereau, who grew up attending Holy Spirit Church in Annandale.

After a month in Africa, Deacon Dansereau returned to Northern Virginia and took a job as a technical writer in Manassas, where he wrote international trade documents.

Around the same time, he began coaching baseball, which encouraged him to go back to school for his teaching license in special education.

"But priesthood was knocking on my door," he said.

Instead of completing his license, Deacon Dansereau went to help work on his brother's house in Maine. A Cursillo retreat there inspired him to apply to Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., where he has studied for the past six years. Concentrating in Scripture, he went to Guatemala for a summer to study Spanish, which he said gave him a chance to witness the universal church.

Deacon Dansereau has been serving as a transitional deacon at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Falls Church. Humbled by the various pastors who have mentored him during his time in seminary, he looks forward to becoming a priest.

"It's really about bringing Jesus Christ to people, especially in Mass," he said.

Stoddard can be reached at cstoddard@catholicherald.com.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015