Meet Seminarian Intern, Christopher Buschur
My name is Christopher Buschur and I am excited to begin my pastoral internship this year in the Petersburg region! This is my fifth year of seminary and, God willing, I hope to be ordained a priest in May of 2025. I was born and raised first in Piqua, then in Urbana, graduating from high school in 2014. Preparing for college, I knew that my Christian faith was important to me, but I felt that something was missing in the Protestant tradition in which I had been raised. Early in my Freshman year at Ohio University, I happened upon the campus’s Newman Catholic Center and decided to try it out. From there, I quickly began the RCIA process and I was received into the Church during Easter of 2015. Only a couple of days later, I walked into my pastor’s office and asked: “Okay, I’m Catholic… what now?” He responded by handing me a book on discernment to the priesthood, and thus began more than three years of discerning God’s call for my life. The summer following my graduation, I knew I at least had to try seminary. So, in the Fall of 2018 I entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati to study for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Now, after four years of study, here I am with you!
As for my family, I have one younger sister who is married and working. They are preparing to celebrate their two year anniversary. My parents, though not Catholic, are very supportive of my vocation and my seminary studies. If the Buschur name sounds familiar, it’s because my dad’s side of the family is all from Mercer County (I may or may not be related to the folks at Buschur Electric— I’ve gotten that question countless times already!).
I enjoy a number of hobbies. I play the pipe organ and sing in the schola choir at the seminary. I hope to have the opportunity to share my love of music with the parish while I am here! Additionally, I like to read, watch sports, and dabble with photography, among other things. I also recently got my motorcycle license. For two summers in seminary, I have worked for the Catholic Telegraph.
It’s difficult to pick a favorite saint, but I’ve tried to continually cultivate a deeper devotion to the Blessed Mother. I especially love Venerable Fulton Sheen, and I pray for his canonization. My confirmation saint is St. Pius X due to his devotion to the Holy Eucharist. St. Augustine is also a model for my spiritual life, and I am also influenced by the spirituality of Julian of Norwich. I hope to read more of her works during my time on internship. Finally, I have a particular love and devotion to the Holy Land, and I pray daily for the Christians who live there.
I am excited to be here and to get to know you all. Please do not hesitate to say hi and introduce yourself! Know of my prayers, and please pray for me as I begin this year with you.
Christopher Buschur, Seminarian Intern