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 (5 years)

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

The inspiration and example of holy priests and chaplains, as well as the desire to be of better service to soldiers.

Why do you want to be a priest?

To serve God and His people, specifically by bringing them the Sacraments! 

What are your favorite pastimes?

I enjoy reading, most sports, and other outdoor activities.

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 of how completely and perseveringly she gave herself to God.

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

There is no "down-side".
You can and should continue to discern while in seminary.

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. I can juggle a little bit.