Jacob Mason

Theology I
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
St. John the Apostle Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

Prior to seminary I studied philosophy at Catholic University and worked as a musician and as a swim team coach. I also taught English at a Catholic boys’ school in Costa Rica.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

The greatest influences in my decision to apply for the seminary were my love for the Holy Eucharist, a desire to teach others the truth and the glory of the Catholic faith, and a conviction that I want to dedicate my life completely to God’s service. My parents and siblings as well as Fr. Jerome Fasano are perhaps the proximate causes of this.

Why do you want to be a priest?

There is nothing better in the world than to be able to make Christ present on earth in the Mass. Any man should see this as the greatest calling to which he can aspire. Upon determining that God was indeed calling me to enter the seminary I did not have a second thought.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I have a passion for sacred music. Singing the treasures of the sacred music of the renaissance and baroque periods for the Mass and other liturgies occupies a fair amount of my time each week. I also enjoy sports – I am an avid swimmer and weightlifter and play soccer and frisbee regularly.

What is your favorite quote?

“In this way more than any other can even unequals be friends...loving seems to be the characteristic virtue of friends, so that it is only those in whom this is found in due measure that are lasting friends, and only their friendship that endures.” –Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

Our Lady deserves the primary place in any list of the saints. Without devotion to her one cannot hope for serious spiritual growth. After her, however, I have a great admiration for King David: here was a man, a leader of God’s people, who served the Lord despite the weaknesses of those around him, repented and returned to the Lord after his sins, and above all composed the Psalms!

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?

Our Lady deserves the primary place in any list of the saints. Without devotion to her one cannot hope for serious spiritual growth. After her, however, I have a great admiration for King David: here was a man, a leader of God’s people, who served the Lord despite the weaknesses of those around him, repented and returned to the Lord after his sins, and above all composed the Psalms!