Ryan Olenick

Boise Seminarian


Seminarian Ryan Olenick

c/o St. Paul Seminary

2260 Summit Ave

St. Paul, MN 55105-1094




March 31

My name is Ryan Olenick and I was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. I attended ​Holy Spirit Catholic School and Century High School. During high school I was ​involved in youth programs like Edge, LifeTeen and the Idaho Catholic Youth ​Conference.

I majored in Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho. The first two years of ​college were rough in terms of faith. Through a mutual friend at Fellowship of ​Catholic University Students (FOCUS), I came to understand how true the faith ​really is. I became a FOCUS missionary and traveled across the western United ​States ministering to college students; some were Catholic, some were not. My ​time in FOCUS helped shape my desire to enter the seminary. Through daily ​Mass, prayer, formation and living in community with other faithful Catholics, I ​slowly came to the realization that the Lord wants all of me and all I have. My ​response, reluctantly at times, is best described in the words of the great Sir Paul ​McCartney: “I may not have a lot to give, but what I’ve got, I’ll give to you.”

I will be taking Pre-Theology II classes at St. Paul Seminary in the fall of 2024. I ​am assigned to Cottonwood for summer 2024.

I enjoy back-packing, skiing, mountain biking, rafting and bowling. I also play ​guitar, draw and enjoy woodworking, including making rosaries.