Home parish: St. Mary Our Mother in Horseheads
What year did you enter the seminary? Why did you enter the seminary?
I entered the college seminary in September 2013 after graduating high school, because I have felt a calling to the priesthood ever since I was little. When I was asked what I wanted to be throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I would say “a priest.” My dad tells me the story that when I was little he asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said, “a father,” and his response was, “like me?” I said “no, like father at Church.” The moments that make the call even more real are when people in the parish, or friends at school come up to me and say that I will make a good priest. I also know that I am headed in the right direction by the overwhelming peace I have when I am at Mass or in the Church serving the people of God.
I play the organ and piano, and sing. I have been able to continue my music here at the seminary by singing in our schola, as well as playing the organ for Masses. Two years ago I founded the Diocese of Rochester’s Walk for Vocations which raised money for the education of seminarians. I would have to say that two of my favorite saints are St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. John Paul II. Both Maximilian Kolbe and John Paul II are great examples to me of the priesthood and how the priest’s primary vocation is service to the people of God.