Year in Seminary: Philosophy – 2nd Year
Home Parish(es): Notre Dame, St. Jude’s, Our Lady of the Snow and surrounding parishes
When did you first consider becoming a priest? What made you consider it?
I first really considered becoming a priest while at the FOCUS conference in Dallas. There was this great sense of peace thinking about it, and it came after receiving the Holy Eucharist at Mass. It was at that point that I also began to fall in love more with the Mass. I started to realize that I could spend the rest of my life going to Mass.
What did you do before you entered the seminary?
Before seminary I was a radiology technologist, working and living in the mountains. I worked for most of the week and while on my days off I had the opportunity to learn and come to love the sport of skiing. While in the mountains I also became a part of the parish community, being a reader, extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and a religious ed teacher.
Name one person who influences your decision to go seminary. How did this person encourage you?
One person who greatly influenced me was Fr. Michael Freihofer. He truly lives the life of a priest. He understands that as a priest, his life is not his own.
What do your family and friends think about you studying to be a priest?
My family and friends are very supportive of me being in the seminary. Even the family and friends who are not Catholic or who have fallen away from the Catholic Church. They are a great encouragement to me while in the seminary.
What is a good book for someone thinking about his vocation?
One good book for someone who is thinking about his vocation, was a book recommended to me, “A Priest is Not His Own” by Archbishop Fulton Sheen.