North American College
Our Lady of Hope Parish
What did you do prior to entering seminary?
I attended George Mason University for two years, pursuing a degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I spent the summers working for Fairfax County as a camp counselor.
What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?
I think that there are two things that influenced my decision to apply to seminary, the first being our Blessed Mother. It was through getting to know her that I found the courage to take the steps towards seminary. But before I got there, I think it was really my friendship with Fr. James Searby that really had the greatest impact. He taught me how to become a man of prayer and always lived what Jesus preached. The joy and depth in the way Fr. Searby lived his vocation made a great impression on me.
Why do you want to be a priest?
I want to spend my life in service to God and his people as a bridge to Christ. To be a spiritual father to many and to be the instrument through which Christ heals the wounds of his children is something that I joyfully want to give myself to. If this is the journey that God has planned for my life, then I am ready to begin.
What are your favorite pastimes?
Playing soccer and basketball (especially with friends when I was in high school), family vacations, spending time with friends, cooking with my mom, and being a camp counselor.
What is your favorite quote?
“We cannot do great things, but small things with great amounts of love.” – Blessed Mother Theresa
Who is your favorite Saint and why?
St. Josemaria Escriva is incredible. One of the things I love about him is that he always preached with such courage and freedom. I am also constantly struck by the contagious hope and joy that he carried and by the way that he was always able to find humor in life. Nothing could steal this man’s peace. He understood so deeply what it means to live as a child of God. One of the greatest things he has taught me is that no matter how many times one must begin again, God’s love never changes.
What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?
Become a man of prayer. You can only know what you are being called to if you know the voice of the one calling you. A life in Christ - your vocation - it’s the greatest adventure. If you feel the Holy Spirit guiding you in a certain direction, don’t be afraid to walk down that path and see where it leads. Be patient and trust in His love.