Michael Gibbons

Pre-Theology II
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
William & Mary
St. Agnes Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary? 

I grew up in the Richmond VA area, studied economics and accounting at the College of William & Mary, then worked at a public accounting firm in Northern VA before entering seminary.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

I've felt a pull towards seminary for a number of years but struggled with the decision to actually pursue it, as I wanted certainty that I would be going down the right path. With the help of family and friends, and through the guidance and example of holy priests in my life, I began to see that vocational clarity sometimes requires an act of faith. That realization gave me the conviction to take action which, ultimately, led me to the seminary.

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to share the peace, hope, and joy that I've found in our Catholic faith with others, especially those who are lost and struggling. This can be done in any vocation, but I feel that God may be inviting me to do this in a particular way as a priest.

What are your favorite pastimes?

Many of my favorite pastimes involve athletics - I grew up playing baseball, basketball, and soccer, enjoy running and biking, and follow most of the DMV sports teams. I also enjoy travelling and spending quality time with family and friends.

What is your favorite quote?

"Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words." - Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

St. Joseph's humble silence and his obedient trust in God have led me to constantly seek his intercession, especially during the workday as he is the patron saint of working people. He lived a life of virtue, much of which is outlined in the Litany of St. Joseph, that we should seek to imitate.

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

Focus on pursuing holiness and growing in your relationship with God. Discernment can be stressful if you get caught up trying to figure everything out and make the "right" decision. By pursuing holiness, you'll ultimately end up where God is calling you on His time. Also, don't be afraid to be active in your discernment - Talk with your family and friends. Discuss it with a priest. Surround yourself with good, holy people and allow them to help you along the way.