Mike Lewis

Theology I
Pontifical North American College
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
St. Charles Borromeo Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I worked for a large General Contractor in DC as a project engineer for two years after graduating from VT. I was involved at St. Charles Borromeo Church through the youth ministry, men’s Bible study, helping with Friday Forum, and setting up for daily Mass and P3.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

Authentic Christians living their faith day in and day out. Father Bashista took a chance on a wayward college freshman by reaching out to me when he was down visiting campus. I was lost and needed direction. While I was so turned in on my own problems, he challenged me to heroically live my life for others. This challenge stayed with me for the next seven years and lead to me applying to seminary.

Why do you want to be a priest?

In my professional career, I grew frustrated with the constant pressure to look out for myself as the most important thing to get ahead. More and more I felt this way of living as contrary to what Jesus wanted of me and what He teaches. I feel God is calling me to live heroically for others through His bride, the Church, and to do so by dedicating my life to her as a priest.

What are your favorite pastimes?

Whitewater rafting, brewing beer, trying to play the guitar, traveling, early morning visits to the Blessed Sacrament.

What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t ask yourself what God needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what God needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

St. Joseph, for his constant day-in and day-out love and service to Mary and Jesus and his example of faithful fidelity even when he didn't know all the answers.

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

Once you are 51% sure seminary is the right thing for you, go all in, bet the farm, lose your life. If you end up discerning out after a few years, you’ll be a better person because of it. Oh, but if it is right, if God really is calling you to lay down your life for others through the priesthood, the world will never be the same.