Home Parish: St. Mary Our Mother Parish, Horseheads, NY
Year you entered the seminary? What did you do before you entered the seminary? Why did you enter the seminary?
I entered seminary in the 2017-2018 academic year after graduating from college with a Bachelor’s degree in May 2017. I had been discerning a vocation to the priesthood during my last two years of high school and throughout college, so when I still felt called going into my senior year of college, I formally applied to become a Diocese of Rochester seminarian. Specifically, I entered seminary because I saw enough signs in my life that God was calling me to priesthood, and I feel I cannot ignore those signs.
What was one of the major influences leading you to consider priesthood?
Youth ministry at the local, diocesan, and national levels was a major influence in helping my faith flourish and, ultimately, leading me to consider priesthood. At the end of my sophomore year of high school and during the following summer, I became increasingly involved in Catholic youth ministry at my parish and in the diocese. This led me to attend a summer youth conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, and while there I first discerned a call to priesthood.
My hobbies include listening to music both new and old, reading books, and hiking. I also played trumpet in school from 4th grade through 12th grade, including jazz band, marching band, and church accompaniment in middle school and high school. Academically, I am interested in all aspects of theology as well as counseling theory and both 20th-century and contemporary philosophy.