College I/Propaedeutic stage
St. John Paul II Seminary
The Catholic University of America
St. John the Evangelist Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I completed my senior year of high school and continued working at the local Chick-Fil-A.  I was involved in the parish youth group and a frequent altar server.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

The holy example of several priests and seminarians.  These men exhibited great joy in pursuing their vocation and it encouraged me to be open to the priesthood, and ultimately applying to the diocese.  Prayer and time before the Blessed Sacrament also influenced me as it increased a desire to know and follow Jesus within my heart. 

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to become a priest, if it be the Will of God, to bring the love and mercy of Jesus to the world in this ministerial way.  I also want to help prepare the world for the coming of Jesus. 

What are your favorite pastimes?

Playing sports like baseball and basketball.  Hiking with friends and playing chess are two more pastimes I enjoy.  

What is your favorite quote?

Joshua 1:9 "Therefore I command you to be courageous and steadfast for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

St. Hyacinth of Poland, my confirmation Saint.  He was a great preacher who also performed many miracles throughout his lifetime.  He has been a strong patron and example of virtue. 

What advice would you give to a young person thinking about their vocation?

It is important to not place limits on what we think God can do in our hearts.  If there's a fear or hesitancy when it comes to pursuing a vocation, which is completely normal, vocalizing this in prayer to Jesus brings us peace and clarity.  Pursuing your vocation will grant immense joy and fulfillment and through conformity to the heart of Jesus the vocation itself becomes clear.