Home Parish: St. Michael, Houston, TX
My name is Luke Prihoda, and I grew up in Weimar, TX in which I attended St. Michael’s Catholic School from 1st – 8th grade. I was blessed to attend college on a baseball scholarship and was able to receive my Bachelors’ of Business Administration from Sam Houston State. After my senior year, I was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and would play 4 years of minor league baseball including a season in the New York Yankees organization. During my final offseason of baseball, I attended a baseball mission trip in Germany. After baseball, I utilized my degree for the next 3.5 years at a mutual fund company in Houston called Invesco. During that time, I attended St. Michael’s off Sage and became involved with the Youth Ministry with the Junior High students as well as the LIFT Bible study on Monday nights. During my time in the business world, I found myself not being fulfilled and decided to try and find a path that would lead me to fulfillment. The past two years, I have been in Kingsville TX as the Pitching Coach for Texas A&M Kingsville. During my time in Kingsville, I joined the ACTS Community, joined Theology on Tap, attended St. Gertrude’s Deepening our faith and assisted with our team bible study. I have been part of the Knights of Columbus in Weimar since 2010. During the ACTS retreats, I felt the call to serve God in another capacity for about the 3rd or 4th time since I retired from baseball and decided to actually start discerning to see if God wanted me to follow Him and start formation towards Priesthood. After attending the Discernment Retreat at St. Mary’s in December, I started attending daily Mass, adoration, reading scriptures, and praying consistently. In February, I decided to apply for the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese and continued to grow in faith and received many graces and blessings during the application process. I have grown closer to our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and our Mother of Heaven and Earth Mary. I am more at peace than ever and cannot wait to enter seminary in August and continue discerning the call to God’s Will for my life.
Favorite Scripture: “As Iron sharpens Iron, so a friend sharpens a friend!” – Proverbs 27:17
I chose this verse because of the constant blessings of friends and family who have shaped my faith. Without people around me who discussed and shared their faith with me as well as encouraged me to discern God’s Will, I would never have made it this far down the path. Encouragement of young men and women to vocations is the best way to get young men and women to start the discernment process.