CH A P T E R 5 Das Priesterseminar—The Seminary Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. (Exodus 4:12) “G uten tag,” Hans greeted me in the half-darkness of the coal mine. It was just after I had made the decision to attend the seminary. We often worked side by side in the mine. After the cave-in incident, we seemed even closer and talked as we worked. “Hans, I have made a decision in my life. I am going to attend the Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis.” “What will you study there?” “I wish to study to be a minister of my faith. I feel called to work with the German immigrants who are settling here in America.” “You will be a preacher and work for the church?” Hans asked. “Ja, they have a practical course of study to teach me to preach and instruct those who have come here from Germany.” “People like us?” “Yes, they need spiritual guidance.”