Year in Seminary: Philosophy – 1st Year
Home Parish(es): St. Thomas More, Centennial
At what point in your life did your faith come alive? How did this happen?
While I was on a college internship away from home I discovered a Catholic young adult group. The first time I went I immediately recognized that these people knew, lived and loved their faith, and that I needed to be like them. From that point on I learned a lot about my faith, got involved in my parish beyond Sunday Mass and began to pray regularly.
Name one person who influences your decision to go seminary. How did this person encourage you?
While I was in college a Dominican brother asked me simply if I had thought about the priesthood and religious life. His question struck me and I felt an immediate interior conviction. I had put aside those thoughts before but I then realized that I needed to seriously look at what God may be calling me to.
What was one of the most important things that helped you take the step into seminary?
I was blessed to be with my grandfather for the last few weeks of his life before he died of cancer, and I saw the comfort that several priests brought just by their presence. That was one of the last nudges I needed before I applied to enter seminary.
What do your family and friends think about you studying to be a priest?
I have received a lot of support from my family and friends. I think my grandmother has been praying to have a priest in the family for more than 6 decades. I have had some very good friends who also encouraged me for quite some time to enter seminary.
What do you enjoy most about the seminary?
The seminary has been a great place to learn to follow God, through the witness of great fellow seminarians and dedicated priests and professors. It is clear that they are all striving for holiness and help me to become a better man and priest.