Jon Miskin, a native of Little Rock, Ark., not only played as a sophomore midfielder on the men's soccer team this fall, but he attends Holy Trinity Seminary (HTS) as an aspiring Roman Catholic priest. One of 74 young men currently enrolled in the seminarian program, Miskin appreciates his opportunity to participate in the "fraternity of men" at HTS.
"Every man here is devoting his life to finding the will of God. I have been able to really grow in all areas of formation just through the friendships that have been formed in the seminary," said Miskin. "I have yet to go a day in the seminary in which I have not heard laughter in the halls. There is simply a joy that radiates here."
A man of faith and strong devotion, Miskin received the call to become a man of the cloth when he was in high school.
"Up until my senior year of high school, I was convinced that my life was going to be filled with a normal college experience followed by getting a normal job, getting married and having a family," said Miskin. "I was so focused on what I wanted. But God showed me that in following His will, I will find the greatest joy that I can experience. That joy, I have found, is in bringing the light of Christ into someone's life."
Obligations as a seminarian and student, including philanthropic work, made it difficult for him to attend many men's soccer practices and away games. Still, Miskin was able to take part in the sport he loves and in which he excels due to 11th-year Head Coach David Hoffmann's flexibility and the team's understanding.
"I am very competitive, thanks to my two older brothers," said Miskin. "The team allows me to focus my competitive energy in a positive way and just have fun."
After graduating in two years, Miskin hopes "by the grace of God" to continue his education and formation in order to serve in the Church as a priest.