Raymond Goins

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary
Pre-Theology I
United States Military Academy - West Point
St. Joseph’s Parish, Herndon

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

US Army Field Artillery Officer (4 years)

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

I saw the example of great priests and chaplains, and they encouraged me to discern. 

Why do you want to be a priest?

To serve God’s people.  To bring God to them and them to God- especially sacramentally.

What are your favorite pastimes?

Most sports, being outdoors, and reading.

What is your favorite quote?

“Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you.” (Matthew 7:7)

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

St. Therese Lisieux because she gave everything to God and didn’t care if anyone noticed.

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

It will be a blessing for you and those around you regardless of whether or not you end become a priest.

Any other facts about you that people might find interesting?

I am in the co-sponsorship program to prepare for serving as US Army chaplain.