Ryan Switzer

College II
St. John Paul II Seminary
St. Ambrose Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

Before entering seminary, I was a student at Woodson High School in Fairfax.  In high school, I was very active in my parish as an altar server and in the teen youth group there.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

I was repeatedly struck by the uncommon reverence shown by the priests at my parish while celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Their piety showed me the infinite importance of the Eucharist as the source of our Catholic Faith, and it moved me to consider a priestly vocation more seriously. 

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to be a priest because I want to win souls for Christ, as a father to His children on earth, teaching, guiding, and sanctifying them through the Sacraments for the ultimate goal of their meeting Him in heaven.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I enjoy reading and drawing, especially when I can combine both in ecclesiastical art and architecture.  I love to create churches with inspiration from the great cathedrals and monasteries of Europe, and to imagine how my art would lift the minds of the faithful to God.

What is your favorite quote?

“When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace, and harmony.” – Pope Pius XI

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

My favorite saint is St. John Fisher because of his unwavering defense of the truths of the Faith and the rights of the Church amidst persecution and his steadfastness in the ways of Christ, even to the point of praying for the king who had condemned him, before being martyred.

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

Praying and, most especially, listening to Christ in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is indispensable to discerning any vocation.  Make every effort to visit Our Lord in the tabernacle every day, receive Him in the Eucharist, and participate devotedly in the Mass.  Also, make frequent recourse to Our Blessed Mother, asking her to pray for your trust in her Son’s Divine plan for you, that you may give yourself totally to Christ.