Bryan Zielenieski

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bryan-zielenieski.jpgI grew up my entire life in Arcade on a family dairy farm with my parents and two younger brothers. Originally, I went to college to take over the farm, but then decided to give teaching a try before going back to the farm. After teaching agriculture in a high school of 1,100 for three years, I decided that I loved teaching and working with people but didn't care for the politics of the profession too much, so I left teaching and began working on the farm on a full-time basis. At the same time, I was becoming more active in my local faith communities as music director of three parishes and organist at four parishes. I became Pastoral Associate of one of the parishes after these parishes started their "Journey in Faith and Grace" together. I was able to help these communities discern to merge and become a new parish.

I attended SUNY Cobleskill majoring in Dairy science and agricultural business, and then proceeded to Buffalo State College to get my education requirements. I also attended Christ the King Seminary to begin studies for certification as a Pastoral Associate.

I am currently in my first year at the seminary and truly enjoy my experience. I feel that God has certainly called me to this new journey in my life. Through my life experiences, I have learned that if you truly allow God to work in your life, He will always lead you to where He wants you to go, which is exactly what He did for me. For anyone else who may be reading this, I would tell you the same thing, always allow God and the Holy Spirit to work in your life and don't be afraid to ask questions of people who are already in the seminary or of other priests. God works in strange ways and if you challenge yourself to listen to God's call, I know that you will find the joy and satisfaction that we are all promised.