Jim Harbour, Y.A.

Theology II
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Marymount University
All Saints Parish/Youth Apostles

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I have been living as a consecrated member of the Youth Apostles community since August 2017. I have served at St. Bernadette Catholic Church and at Virginia Tech as a Missionary during my commitment. Prior to the consecrated life, I received a BA in Psychology from Marymount University.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

I have been discerning entering seminary since 2013. I knew by 2014 that I could not be sure that God was calling me to be a priest until I experienced going to seminary. I waited six more years so that I could discern being a member of the Youth Apostles community. Now, having discerned making promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience, I am ready to study for the priesthood.

Why do you want to be a priest?

This is not an easy question to answer. First thing that comes to mind is my desire to bring the love of Jesus to all of his people, but, if I had to choose one particular reason, I would say that the idea of hearing confessions and forgiving sins is an incredibly humbling and joyful thought. If I am ultimately called to be a priest, I pray that Jesus will show forth his infinite mercy through me.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I love watching movies and TV shows, hiking, cooking, reading, and playing video games and boardgames.

What is your favorite quote?

“May it be done to me according to your word.” -Luke 1:38

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

One of the patrons of Youth Apostles, St. John Bosco, time and time again, inspires me to love youth with the very same heart of Jesus. Through a devotion to Mary, a love for the Eucharist, and an affectionate care for young people, Bosco proved to be one of the most powerful saints of recent history. I pray for his intercession so that I can minister like he did.

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

Receiving a vocation requires receiving from a Giver. You need to know the Giver to receive from Him. Pray to and pursue God. He will reveal His plan to you in time. Regardless of vocation, all that matters, in the end, is that you are a beloved Son of a loving God.