Date of Birth: October 23
Parish: Most Pure Heart of Mary
High School: Hayden High School
University: Creighton & Cardinal Glennon Seminary
Seminary: North American College Seminary, Rome and Kenrick Glennon in St. Louis
Year in Seminary: Theology IV
Favorite Saint: How could I not say Our Lady!? After the Queen of Heaven & Earth would be St. Luke, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Peter, St. Michael the Archangel, St. John Paul II, St. James the Greater, ST. Maria Goretti, St. Faustina, St. Therese of Lisieux, and many others…#lovethesaints!
My advice to men considering the priesthood: Make the decision to live the truth that Jesus is God, that He has come to unite you with the Father who loves you infinitely for the incredible person that you are RIGHT NOW, and be fearless in going “all in” with Him! Jesus knows you better than you know yourself, loves you more than you are capable of loving, and is so trustworthy that He is incapable of misleading you! He is the best kind of friend—one who will challenge you to become the greatest version of yourself, and will not let you settle for anything less than the life and the love you were made for. If He is inviting you, be fearless, be confident, and buckle up for the best adventure you could ever imagine! St. John Paul II used to teach what he called the “Law of the Gift” which I have found to be absolutely true; that we become fully alive and truly happy to the extent that we allow ourselves to be a gift to Jesus and to others. Do not fear being a total gift to Jesus and to others—it is absolutely worth it!
The greatest people I have met in my life (and I’ve been blessed to meet some amazing ones!) have come into my world because I have chosen to follow Jesus. He has come to help you embrace and live life to the full, and to make you a saint. You can’t be more generous to Him than He is to you. There is no reason to fear, to doubt, or to be anything less than “all in” for the adventure that awaits.
Lean on Mary and ask her to help lead you to Her Son and His will for your life, to make you more aware and receptive to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and to live in the truth that you are a beloved child of the Heavenly Father!
Why I want to be a Priest:
I want to be a priest because I have met the Heavenly Father, and am absolutely convinced that, before anything else in this life, I am His beloved son. Meeting the Father and coming to know the raging fire of love that is who He is has changed everything for me. It has healed me, transformed me, and convinced me that there is no other way to truly live than to conform my life to His love and to share this love with others. The Father’s love is real. It is total, absolute, unconditional, and is always being offered to us—though we are free to reject or ignore it. Jesus has come to heal us and to bring all of us—the entire universe—back to the Father. He invites each one of us in a unique way to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him into the Father’s embrace!
I want to be a priest because I believe that Jesus is inviting (and only inviting—no one is ever forced to listen or follow Him) me to participate in His mission of bringing the world back to the Father. While all of us are invited to devote our lives to participation in this mission, there is an essential need for priests to do what only Jesus can in bringing each and every person in the world back to the Father.
In short, I want to be a priest because God’s love has changed my life, and I am convinced He is inviting me to devote my life to making His life and His love present in the lives of His children in only a way that a priest can.
Hobbies & Interests: I am definitely a sports fan, and love to travel. I also enjoy being able to get a good workout in, read a good book, watch a good movie, and allow myself to be immersed in the lives of my friends and family.Influence:
First shout-out goes to the Holy Spirit and to Mary, the Queen and Mother of all Christians. Second, would be to recognize the spiritual army in Heaven and Purgatory that have interceded for me, leading me to this stage in my life.
Finally, I have been blessed to know and be inspired by literally hundreds of people in every state of life who have made the decision to live the truth that Jesus is God, and to make friendship with Him the foundation of their lives. They have inspired me to do the same.