Sam McIlheran

College III
St. John Paul II Seminary
St. William of York Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I was a student at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, VA.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

Attending Quo Vadis Camp and hearing the stories of the Seminarians there aided my decision to apply. That was just one factor; there are many others which I won't elaborate on here (for brevity's sake).

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to be the man that God wants me to be. If that man is a priest, then that’s who I want to be.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I enjoy reading, music, and a large variety of games. (virtual or otherwise)

What is your favorite quote?

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

Currently, it is Saint John Paul II because of his steadfastness in faith through hardships and his lasting legacy in both the Church and all of humanity.

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

I would tell him to most definitely attend Quo Vadis [Camp], join the men’s discernment group, and not be afraid of taking a leap of faith. Sometimes, the only way to see the path you must take is to trust in God, knowing that He will always look out for you and He will always steer you in the right direction.