Adam Maher, 32
Diocese of Saginaw
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Bottoming Out to be Raised Up
grew up in a small town. Church was just
something we did on Sundays. Both my dad
and my mom had great faith in God. I was
always taught to trust God, have faith in him,
and place all my worries in his hands. I was
never taught the details of the Catholic Faith.
A personal relationship was not something I
had really cultivated while growing up. I didn’t
read the Bible and I didn’t really know Jesus.
All through high school I lived a self-centered life. My main
concerns were sports, girls, and popularity. Faith was not a main
focus for me. I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus at
I often compromised my morals to win the praise of others.
I began to form destructive habits involving alcohol and partying
with friends. All of this behavior carried into college and I began to
experience the consequences of my immoral actions. By the end of
my second year of college, I had already gone to the hospital three
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times due to alcohol related incidents, had gotten in trouble with
the law, and had been kicked out of my apartment with no other
place to stay.
I had hit “rock bottom.” I remember one night praying for help
on my knees. At that moment, I realized that I really didn’t know
the One to whom I was praying. God had put it on my heart right
then and there to read his Word and get to know him. That year,
I read through the whole New Testament and fell in love with the
Lord! I knew in my heart that God was calling me to give my entire
life to him. I was not sure at the time just how he wanted me to
serve him, though.
I had thought God was calling me to be a teacher. In fact, I
earned a degree in elementary special education and taught for
two years, but at the end of the two years I felt God was leading me
to give myself to him as a priest. I spoke to my parish priest and he
advised me to pray about it for a year. That year, I made it a point
to pray the Rosary every day and ask God for guidance. At the end
of the year, my desire to serve God as a priest had grown and he
had given me an amazing peace about pursuing this vocation.
I believe that prayer and Our Blessed Mother helped me to say
“yes” to God’s call.
I am now in my fifth year at Sacred Heart and am about to
be ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Saginaw. Each year has
been a joy! The seminary has given me all the resources and tools
to grow in my call. At Sacred Heart, we are surrounded by the
Sacraments, prayer, and holy priests who help to form our hearts
after the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.