Hello, my name is Fr. Matt Keller, C.PP.S. and I am a Missionary of the Precious Blood. I entered formation with my community in the fall of 2007 and was ordained a priest in the summer of 2018, so I have been with my community for 12 years. My favorite movie is Tommy Boy. I’m a steak and potatoes kind of guy and enjoy sports, as well as hunting, walking and spending time with family.
I’m currently serving at my first assignment and am the Parochial Vicar for the downtown parishes in Dayton, Ohio: Holy Trinity, St. Joseph, and Emmanuel.
I grew up with an interest in priesthood and religious life. When I was in the 8th grade, I was assigned to do a career project, so I did mine on the priesthood. Part of the project was to interview someone of the profession, so I interviewed my pastor, Fr. Ken Schroeder, C.PP.S. High school began, and the idea of priesthood and religious life went to the back burner mainly because school and I did not get along.
In the middle of my sophomore year of high school, however, I ended up on my community’s vocation mailing list. I knew that colleges and the military sent out their recruiting material, I thought that religious communities did the same thing. I really was not interested so the materials ended up in the trash.
In the spring of that year, some guys were making their profession to the community and I got invited so I went. I grew up going to weddings, but this was the first time that I saw a religious ceremony and I thought it was neat. After the Mass, I got to meet many priests and brothers. One of those priests was the vocation director and remember telling him that I was not interested in joining the community. When I told him that, he said that he could take me off their mailing list. Even though I had thrown away most of the materials, I asked to stay on the list. Needless to say, God made it clear that this was a vocation I should consider, and in 2007 I decided to enter formation with the community.
I’m very much looking forward to accompanying others as they discern the next steps God is calling them to take.