Year you entered the seminary? What did you do before you entered the seminary? Why did you enter the seminary?
I entered seminary the fall of 2015 and before then I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, studying for my undergraduate degree in philosophy while being an active member in the Priestly Discernment Program which provided priestly formation as well. I chose to enter seminary because I wanted to continue my discernment to the priesthood under the guidance of the church to discover if this is really who God is calling me to be. I have experienced great desire to become a priest, to serve God and his people in a priestly way. I want to be as open as I possibly can to the will of God and to the Holy Spirit working in my life. It is the fact that I have experienced the desire to become a priest while being open in following through with this vocation to the priesthood. I am reminded and encouraged by Pope Saint John Paul’s words, “Be not afraid!”
What was one of the major influences leading you to consider priesthood?
At a young age I was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi for choosing to live such a radical life for our Lord and his people. I was attracted to his heroism of going against the tides of the world and having such great desire to become the least, and I can remember thinking, “I want to do something heroic just like Francis.” So St. Francis has truly been an influence in my discernment to the priesthood and continues to be.
One of my interests is philosophy, because it was through philosophy where I developed a deeper conviction of my faith. It has given me reason for what we believe as Catholics. I see it as a necessary companion of faith especially in this skeptical world in which we live today.