After graduating from Rollins College with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, I applied and was accepted at the University of Florida in August 2008. I finished orientation at the University of Florida College of Medicine on Thursday, August 14. On Friday
August 15, 2008 – the Feast of the Assumption – I went to Mass in Gainesville and drove home to Jacksonville for the weekend. I drove home so I could meet with a priest. I wanted the priest to reassure me that I was not called.
The feast of the Assumption was the day prior. My meeting with the priest ended at the hour of Divine Mercy – 3 p.m. Jacob may have wrestled with God, but I had to wrestle with God and Our Lady. Can there be a greater combination than Our Lady and Our Lord? My will did not stand a chance in such a circumstance. Grace changed my heart, and in time Our Lady took it completely.
I am the second oldest of seven children. I grew up in the Jacksonville area dreaming of
playing college basketball. In April of 2004, I signed with Rollins College to play NCAA
Division II college basketball.
Following college I had intended to go to medical school, but God had different plans.
After withdrawing from medical school at UF, God led me to Ave Maria University.
During the last two years, God has led me through prayer and discernment to become a
seminarian for the Diocese of St. Augustine. In August 2010, I began formation to the
priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Rev. Mr. Joseph Kuhlman
St. Luke Parish
1606 Blanding Blvd.
Middleburg, FL 32068