Path to the Priesthood: Fr. Daniel Powers

Fr. Daniel Powers was born and raised by loving parents in a devout Catholic home in the South Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. When he was young, his father would bring him along with his brother to morning Mass every Friday and instruct them afterward in the catechism or the Sacred Scriptures. He was taught from a young age to love the Catholic Faith, to have great love and reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, and to practice devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

Fr. Powers at his ordination

While attending the second grade at a local Catholic school, he saw a picture of a priest offering Mass in his religion textbook and was struck with the idea of becoming a priest. This idea never left him, despite his desire to be the third baseman for the Chicago White Sox. After high school, he decided to work and attend a local community college in order to get some real world experience and further prepare himself intellectually for seminary studies.

By God’s grace and mercy, he was accepted into Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in the fall of 2012. He greatly enjoyed his time in seminary and is deeply grateful for the formation which he received there and for all of the work and sacrifice on the part of the priests, faculty, and staff of the seminary. After completing seven years of seminary formation, he was ordained a priest on May 24th, 2019 by His Excellency the Most Reverend Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Lincoln.

Fr. Powers would like to thank all of those who throughout his life aided him in the pursuit of his vocation with their prayers or sacrifices. He would like to assure you of his prayers, and earnestly asks that you continue to pray for him. May God reward you! +

Fr. Powers is currently serving as the assistant pastor at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel in Pequannock, NJ.

October 28, 2019