Welcome to Discover the Priesthood website. My name is Fr. Greg Oligschlaeger and I was ordained a diocesan priest in 1993. I am the Vocation Director for the Dioceses of Jefferson City, Missouri.
A Vocation director is a lot like a tour guide who can help you discover your vocational call from the Lord. When you tour a new place, you are not creating something new and unique. You are getting to know about and understand more fully the place that you are discovering anew. One has a new appreciation for the history, the people, and how the place or object was constructed. A vocation to priesthood is not something you create. A vocation is something God created and has gifted to you. I have toured some museums and visited different countries and cultures and was glad I visited, but some were not for me. Other places I have experienced, I want to return again and again because it connects in a real way with my gifts and talents and who I am. I had the privilege of taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2015. The whole trip was amazing. When our guide led us through the place of the Sermon on the Mount or the multiplication of loaves and fishes and explained the ministry Jesus gave around the Sea of Galilee, I was surprised, and at times, overwhelmed at the fact that I was walking where Jesus ministered, healed and did his preaching. I connected in a powerful way to Jesus’ priesthood. I would have suspected The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, or walking the Via Dolorosa would have been the best part of the trip. By taking the whole tour God surprised me. People who never tour and stay only where they are comfortable, do not get to see all that God may have in store for them. I pray that God helps you to connect to your call to minister to God’s people as you visit this sight. As Vocation Director, I would be honored if you would contact me so I can listen to your story, answer any questions you might have, and help or guide you as you discern God’s plan for you as we go on a tour of your spiritual journey. Email Fr. Greg Oligschlaeger
I grew up in Jefferson City and attended grade school at St. Joseph Cathedral School. I am the oldest of four children and I am blessed in having caring parents that raised us well. As a child, I had many ideas about what I “wanted to be when I grew up.” I wanted to be a St. Louis Cardinal Baseball player, a policeman, a guidance counselor, and a priest. My grandmother fostered the idea of priesthood at a young age. If I listed, “a priest” in my ever-changing list of occupations, I would get an extra cookie or piece of candy from her. In grade school, I had the Irish Sisters of Mercy as some of my teachers. They would ask several times in a year, “Who would like to be a priest or a sister?” I raised my hand each time. In 1981, I went to St. Thomas Aquinas High School Seminary and graduated in 1985. I attended college at the Pontifical College Josephinum graduating with a Psychology degree in 1989. I went four years of graduate work in Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. Since my ordination to priesthood in 1993, I have been an associate pastor, a teacher, a dean of students, an administrator, a pastor at 6 parishes, a counselor, a spiritual director, a soccer and golf coach, a chef , I work an afternoon a week in the Tribunal Office in our diocese, and I get to attend a few St. Louis Cardinals baseball games a season . Priesthood is an ever-changing, wonderful life for multi-talented men. Take some time on this sight and Discover the Priesthood.