Pontifical College Josephinum
St. Francis de Sales, Purcellville
What did you do prior to entering seminary?
Prior to my entering the seminary, I graduated at The Heights School in Potomac Maryland. From there, I attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute for my first year of college. In my time there, I studied for chemical engineering, and I was involved in the NROTC unite, preparing for a carrier in the Marine Corps.
What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?
There were multiple factors that contributed to my decision to apply to the seminary. If I were to point out the most influential moments, however, I would say that it was my father's influence, the high school I attended, the marriages of my two older siblings, and, my, most of all, my sincere desire for a life of servitude.
Why do you want to be a priest?
As mentioned earlier, one of the main contributing factors to my desire for the priesthood is a life of service. This zeal had first taken shape when I was 7 years of age. I first wanted to be an altar boy. Further down the road, I gained an appreciation for the military services, particularly the Marine Corps. After my first year of college, I realized that Christ may be beckoning me to serve in Holy Orders. That is why I want to be a priest. Just as our Lord took the form of a servant, so do I wish to serve both Him and His Church.
What are your favorite pastimes?
I enjoy Keeping up with friends from the Heights School, the Civil Air Patrol, traveling and most importantly, life at home with my family.
What is your favorite quote?
Being chosen by God means, and demands, personal holiness - St. Josemaria Escriva
Who is your favorite Saint and why?
St. Augustine and St. Josemaria Escriva are probably my most favored and invoked saints. For St. Augustine, his confessions and other works have been particularly influential in my life. For St. Josemaria Escriva, however, it was his work, Opus Dei, that had an impact on me. The high school, The Heights, in which I graduated, was run by Opus Dei. So, in other words, I believe that St. Josemaria Escriva, through his prayers and Opus Dei, played a large role in my formation prior to seminary.
What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?
If you are a young man considering the possibility of holy orders, or some religious order, I will say only what my pastor said to me when I had doubts about seminary - "The Lord will not forsake you when you offer up yourself completely to him."