North American College
St. William of York
What did you do prior to entering seminary?
I entered seminary right after High School. As a teenager, I was very active in my parish youth group, and busy with altar serving, Boy Scouts, and volunteer Fire and Rescue. I also worked part-time in a couple of different jobs over the years.
What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?
The most important factors in my decision were my family, who were always very supportive, and the influence of the many wonderful priests that I met over the years, as well as the friendship of existing seminarians who were a great example to me.
Why do you want to be a priest?
I truly believe that God is calling me to be a priest. Only in following His will can I be happy, and I have no greater desire than to do so.
What are your favorite pastimes?
I like to cook, to bike, and to do most anything outdoors: camping, hiking, skiing...
What is your favorite quote?
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.
Who is your favorite Saint and why?
St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars. He is my confirmation patron, and the ultimate example of how to live the priesthood.
What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?
Don't be afraid to take the first step. What helped me a lot was the understanding that I just had to take it one step at a time, and that God would guide me along the path he has planned for me, whether or not it leads to the priesthood.