Dominic Mann

Pre-Theology I
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Christendom College
St. John the Apostle Parish, Leesburg

What did you do prior to entering seminary?
I grew up living in the Arlington Diocese. Since my childhood, my family has lived in or around the town of Leesburg. In 2014, I attended Christendom College, where I studied English Literature and graduated in May 2018. After graduation, I stayed on and worked as a member of the Christendom Student Life Office before receiving a management role in a landscape company in northern Virginia.

 

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

I have had thoughts of the priesthood since before I was ten years old, although I was afraid to respond at first. During my college years, I began to deepen my spiritual life, and eventually realized that I could not resist Our Lord’s call forever. Since graduation from college, it has become clear to me that I will not find peace and fulfillment by trying to follow my will, but only by seeking God’s Will for my life, whatever it is.  

 

Why do you want to be a priest?

I desire to be able to administer the Sacraments, particularly those of the Holy Eucharist and Penance. I greatly desire to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to preach, and to be a part of the Church’s beautiful Liturgy. I have been blessed with the examples of many holy priests, and I want to join their ranks, because it is in thoughts of the priesthood that I can imagine fulfillment.

 

What are your favorite pastimes? 

I love to spend time outdoors, playing sports (especially rugby), hanging out with friends and family, cooking and enjoying good food, and I always love a good book.  

What is your favorite quote?

“I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.”—G. K. Chesterton

Who is your favorite Saint and why? 

My favorite Saint might be St. Thomas More. I find him to be a true example of a Catholic man living in and engaging the world, but at the same time staunchly holding to his faith and his conscience above all things. Even when he attained worldly success and venerable titles, he was willing to let it all go and give up his life in order to stay true to his conscience and to Our Lord.

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

It never hurts to enter seminary. If you are trying to discern God’s will and you think He might be calling you to be a priest, seminary is probably the best place to find out. Don’t be afraid to make the jump and enter seminary, because whatever your vocation turns out to be, God’s plan is for your happiness.