We invited Fr. Seth to share some of his journey with us, and he sent us the following information!
It is a great joy to be with you at St. John’s and St. Joseph’s as your new pastor. I’d like to give a little bit of information about me to help you to get to know me.
I was born in Brainerd, which is also where I lived until I graduated high school. My parents are Jim and Patti Gogolin who still live in the Brainerd area (Baxter). They are both retired teachers.
My dad was a high school social studies teacher, and my mom was a 1st grade teacher. I am the youngest of four children. My three siblings are Mike, Rachel, and Bridget. They are all married and have children. Mike lives in Duluth, Rachel in St. Joseph (near St. Cloud), and Bridget in Hopkins.
I graduated from Brainerd High School in 2004 and began studying at St. Cloud Technical College pursuing a degree in computer networking. It was during that year I came to believe God was calling me to discern the priesthood at seminary. The following year I began studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Duluth, and I enrolled at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Through my years in college seminary the call to the priesthood began to become clearer in my prayer time with Jesus. I graduated from St. Thomas in 2008, and continued to major seminary at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. I finished my education and formation there and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Duluth on June 22, 2012.
My first assignment as a priest was as an associate pastor for the parishes in Ely, Tower, and Babbitt where I served for two years. In July of 2014 I was named pastor of the parishes in Nashwauk and Coleraine where I followed Fr. Dennis Hoffman who had just retired. I was pastor there for four years until Fr. Jerry Weiss retired as pastor from the parishes in Grand Rapids and Cohasset in 2018. I was named pastor in those parishes in 2018 and served there until July of 2020. I moved here to St. John’s and St. Joseph’s on July 15, 2020, and I look forward to my time here serving you as your pastor.
I hope to get to know all of you better. I would love to come to your homes to share conversation over a meal, a cup of coffee, or even just a glass of water. I know that during this time of COVID it will be difficult to see all of you, but know that I am praying for you, and I ask for your prayers for me as well.
We continue to offer our gratitude for you and thank you for the gift of your life to us and to our Church! And God bless you, too!