Year you entered the seminary? What did you do before you entered the seminary? Why did you enter the seminary?
I began formation for the priesthood at Saint John’s Seminary Boston in 2016. Prior to entering seminary, I worked in the Penn Yan Central School District mostly as a substitute teacher and often worked with children with high needs. Also prior to beginning my priestly formation, I worked on completing my Masters of Arts in History. I entered seminary because, for much of my life, I felt a continual presence in my life that called me to serve others through faith, service, and charity.
What was one of the major influences leading you to consider priesthood?
One of the major influences to lead me to considering the priesthood was the need to acknowledge the prevailing “inner” voice that I have heard all of my life. On several occasions, people who I did not know as well as family members have told me that I would be a great priest and that I should consider it. One particular time that will always stand out was when I was riding on the metro bus in Buffalo. An elderly lady sat next to me and started talking about her life and faith. Upon reaching her stop she stood up and told me I should become a priest. She was able to reflect and reinvigorate that inner voice that had been quieted in college. Upon completing college and working for several years, I realized that something was still drawing me; I still heard that “inner” voice. I decided it was time to listen fully to it and consider the priesthood seriously.
My interests include reading particular works on immigrant history in the United States. Along with this, I like to study local religious history and the works that the Church has done in New York State and the Northeast. In addition, I enjoy fishing and hiking and, being from the Finger Lakes, nature is important to me. I am also very interested in the lives of the saints, including many of the proud Polish saints who have served as an inspiration for me to enter the seminary. These saints include Saint Hyacinth of Poland, Saint Maximillian Kolbe, Saint Stanislaus, and Pope Saint John Paul II. Other saints, including Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Augustine, inspire me to live a life of sacrifice and service to others.