Year in Seminary: Spirituality Year
Home Parish(es): St. John the Evangelist (Yuma, CO); Our Lady of Fatima (Lakewood, CO)
When did you first consider becoming a priest? What made you consider it?
I considered becoming a priest when I was in elementary and high school. I considered it because of God’s grace, but I also considered it because I witnessed so many people joyfully living the Catholic faith.
What did you do before you entered the seminary?
After graduating Yuma High School in 2005, I attended Regis University. In May 2009, I graduated Regis University with an accounting and finance degree. I then worked at an accounting firm assisting with tax return preparations, bookkeeping services, and other business engagements. In July 2011, I became a certified public accountant with the state of Colorado – one month before entering the seminary in August 2011.
What do your family and friends think about you studying to be a priest?
I am grateful that my family and friends support my vocation in multiple ways. Even if they did not support my vocation, I would not change what I am doing. Being a priest is a calling from God; I have to be cooperative. It does make it easier that my friends and family are understanding and supportive of my calling.
What do you enjoy most about the seminary?
My time at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary has been a blessing. Due to the Spirituality Year, my knowledge and love for God has grown immensely. For me, one of the best parts about the seminary is that I am closer to being able to serve Christ and His Church in a unique way – as a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver.
What would be your one piece of advice for a young man discerning his vocation?
Pray; Listen. If you feel God is calling you to serve him as his priest, visit with the Vocations Office and request an application to the seminary. If I never courageously requested an application to the seminary, I would still be working at an accounting firm – spiritually unfulfilled.