Year in Seminary: Theology – 4th Year
Home Parish(es): Immaculate Heart of Mary, Northglenn
At what point in your life did your faith come alive? How did this happen?
In college I started to have people challenge my faith and I soon realized how little I knew and how weak was my faith. So, I made a serious commitment to finding the truth. I started to study Scripture and the Catechism, and I began making a weekly holy-hour. This was a time that converted my mind and my heart, and I really fell in love with Christ and His Church.
What did you do before you entered the seminary?
I was at Colorado State University studying English Education and Theatre. I was also working for my parish, volunteering with youth ministry, and acting.
What was one of the most important things that helped you take the step into seminary?
I went on a retreat, and that was a real kick-in-the-pants for me. On the weekend I gave myself the space and the time to ask God what he wanted of me, and by the end of the weekend, it seemed clear that He wanted me to take a step in the direction of seminary. He was not requiring me to be certain of my vocation yet; He just wanted me to make the step in faith that He would reveal his plan for me in time.
What do you enjoy most about the seminary?
The brotherhood is the best part of seminary. We all go through the same struggles and joys, so a natural bond of brotherhood happens between guys in the seminary. We study, pray and hang-out together, and we become good friends.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I studied theatre in college and I still like to go see productions with friends. I also enjoy indoor rock climbing, hand-ball, hiking, reading, acting in the seminary play, and watching movies. It also gives me a lot of life to spend time at my parish assignment.