Rev. Nathan Scheidecker, Cathedral of St. Helena

Lacey Middlestead For the Independent Record

It was while attending Carroll College that Butte native, Rev. Nathan Scheidecker, started taking his Catholic faith seriously and began considering a vocation in the priesthood. Thanks to the encouragement of Rev. Marc Lenneman, director of campus ministry at Carroll College, Scheidecker heard and embraced his next calling.

Following graduation from Carroll, Scheidecker attended the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver and was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of St. Helena in 2019. He currently serves as parochial vicar at the Cathedral.

Getting ordained near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic meant Scheidecker was thrown quite the curveball with his introduction to the priesthood.

“It’s been wildly different than I expected but very good even in the midst of everything,” he said.

Through everything, he has remained focused on his call to serve.

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“I want to help people meet Jesus and know him as a real person who really loves them,” said Scheidecker.

Recently, Bishop Austin Vetter, of the Diocese of Helena, asked if Scheidecker would be willing to pursue advanced studies in Rome starting this summer. He gratefully accepted the request.

“It will

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