Year you entered the seminary? What did you do before you entered the seminary? Why did you enter the seminary?
I entered the seminary for the Diocese of Rochester in 2016. Before that, I was a friar in the Order of Discalced Carmelites on the West coast. I entered the seminary because it is a specially privileged place to discern if God is calling me to the diocesan priesthood.
What was one of the major influences leading you to consider priesthood?
After I graduated from college, I continued to pursue studies in biomedical sciences. During that time, I was able to find more time for the sacraments, prayer, and spiritual reading. In spending more time with the Lord, I came to realize that rather than follow my own plans, I needed to find His plans for my life, and that He was calling me to do this by discerning a call to the priesthood. Along the way I have met many holy priests and men and women religious who have encouraged and edified me by their example.
Through my time in formation so far, I have found inspiration in the example of the saints, especially John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, Francis of Assisi, and Gregory the Great. It has been a great benefit to make the Eucharist the center and most important part of my day. I enjoy reading, music, and sports, and spending time outdoors skiing or kayaking.