The 11-year-old genius who's thinking of becoming a priest

My brother-in-law who teaches at Notre Dame sent me this great story this morning: a boy genius in Minnesota who was home-schooled — and who is weighing all his career options:

Most people enter college as a teenager with the hope of graduating in four to five years, but in that same time span, one University of Minnesota freshman will be getting his driver’s license.

Eleven-year-old Lucas Kramer is nearly finished with high school, but he spends most of his time on the university campus.

A profoundly gifted young man, Kramer could read three-letter words by age 2 and read college-level books at age 5. His academic brilliance has made his life pretty busy.

“No time for cartoons or video games,” Kramer said. “I spend my weekends doing homework most of the time.”

Kramer’s father, Tim Kramer, said that his son’s perpetual curiosity leaves him with few quiet moments. Even at lunch with his chemistry professor, Dr. Amanda Long, Kramer asks questions, usually about his lab work.

“He definitely comes in with some creative questions,” Long said.

One question that Kramer is still seeking an answer to is what he wants to be.

“I’m thinking about maybe being a priest, researcher or a scientist,” Kramer said.

Whatever he chooses, Kramer said God will influence his decision.

“It’s just the one thing that I guess is really important in all I do is just try to do what God would want me to do always,” Kramer said.

The local paper has more details:

Lucas eventually wants to attend the St. Paul Seminary at the University of St. Thomas once he’s old enough to study to become a priest.

“It’s such a great vocation — you can help and serve so many others,” Lucas said.

While he isn’t involved with any on-campus activities yet, Lucas said he is heavily involved in his church through activities like Bible study and volunteering. He often hangs out with the children who are also homeschooled there.

Check out the rest. And keep this kid in your prayers!

  • Rudy

    There is a sixteen year old boy at my parish, his mom is protestant and his dad is a non-practicing Catholic. He is serious, attends Sunday mass without fail, serves at the altar, wears a tie and a coat, good mannered, well spoken, knowledgeable about his faith beyond his years. He wants also to become a priest. I earnestly pray that he perseveres and that he finds a good seminar where he will become a holy and orthodox priest. These kids give great hope for the future, let’s support them!

  • http://ilfuoconecessario.wordpress.com Paolo

    Happy name day, Lucas! He was also a physician, a soul’s doctor!

  • Nate

    Great story. Naturellement, he is from Minnesota. :)

    Let’s pray this kid follows through with his plans.

  • Francine

    Hey, Rudy!

    What’s your parishioner’s first name? He and Lucas are in my prayers, but it’d be great to have a name to go on.

  • Greta

    Good story. Lets hope he joins the Dominicans and not the Jesuits.

  • Laura

    Pray for Lucas!
    There will be many obstacles placed before him to keep him from the Holy Priesthood.
    The devil is the father of lies for sure.

  • Peregrinus

    I just hope he doesn’t rush into any decision he hasn’t discerned well. Just out of curiosity what is the minimum age these days you can start studying to become a priest? I would imagine 18?

    It will be interesting to watch what happens as he begins to study more theology…

  • http://www.azoic.com/ Irenaeus of New York

    “No time for cartoons or video games,” Kramer said.“I spend my weekends doing homework most of the time.”

    Thats pretty sad. Let the kid be a kid. The world can wait a few more years.

  • http://www.ironiccatholic.com IC

    Thomas Aquinas, watch out!

  • Rudy

    @ Francine #4: His name is Matthew.

  • Ezechinyere

    This is great. Let God guide him and let the will of God prevail. Who knows tomorrow?

  • pagansister

    Whatever he decides to do, he will probably be an asset to the profession. Just hope he is happy and is still a “kid” in many ways. He is only 11, and though his brain is ahead of his years, he still needs to be “11″ and have peers to interact with socially.

  • pgnr

    Not smart enough to join the Jesuits.


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