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Seminarians 2020-2021

Please find the Seminarian Directory for the Diocese of Jefferson City below. Inquiries about seminarians can be sent to: followme@diojeffcity.org.

Theology IV
Rev. Mr. Derek Hooper
Home Parish: Cathedral of St. Joseph (Jefferson City)
Assigned parish: St. George, Hermann; Church of the Risen Savior, Rhineland
Seminary: Mundelein Seminary (MS)
Birthdate: January 23

Theology I
Mr. Christopher Hoffmann
Home Parish: St. Vincent de Paul (Sedalia)
Seminary: Pontifical College Josephinum (PCJ)
Birthdate: May 31

Theology I
Mr. Phillip Novotny
Home Parish: St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish (Columbia)
Birthdate: July 15

College IV
Mr. Erick Chinchilla
Home Parish: St. Mary (Milan)
Seminary: Conception Seminary College (CSC)
Birthdate: November 12

College III
Mr. Jacob Hartman
Home Parish: St. Andrew (Holts Summit)     
Seminary: Holy Trinity Seminary (HTS)
Birthdate: May 25

College II
Mr. Shane Kliethermes
Home Parish: Immaculate Conception (Jefferson City)
Seminary: Holy Trinity Seminary (HTS)
Birthdate: February 21

College I
Mr. Gage Neisen
Home Parish: Queen Peace (Ewing)
Seminary: Holy Trinity Seminary (HTS)
Birthdate: March 20


There are many steps in the discernment process men undergo in discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood. If someone you know had been a seminarian but is no longer listed here, please continue to pray for his discernment of what God is calling him to be. Be assured this list is kept accurate and no further information regarding an individual’s discernment decision is available. For more information, contact the Vocation Office at followme@diojeffcity.org or by phone (573) 635-9127.