School: St. Joseph Seminary College75376 River RoadSt. Benedict, LA 70457
I was born and raised in the North Georgia mountains in the small town of Cleveland, Ga. My dad and mom have been married for over 25 years and have eight children, four boys and four girls. I am number six out of the eight.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love anything outdoors, such as hiking, kayaking, and ultimate frisbee. My favorite sport/hobby though is no doubt baseball and am a huge Detroit Tigers fan.
What is one of your favorite scriptures?
I would have to say that my favorite passage is Matthew 4:1-11, when Christ is tempted by Satan in the desert. This passage truly shows the power of Christ when temptation seems to be overtaking us. Even as a man, fasting for 40 days, the Son of God stood firm and rejected Satan not once, but three times; simply because he knew that Satan is nothing against the power of God, he merely uses tricks and temptation in an attempt to lead us out of the protecting arms of our Lord. But when we stand firm and call upon Christ, the Saints, and Mother Mary, temptation becomes nothing but dust below our feet!
Who is your favorite saint and why?
My favorite saint is St. Pope John Paul II. How can you not love the guy? He helped end communism, started World Youth Day, and has given us an indispensable tool in Theology of the Body. His ability to fearlessly preach the Church’s teaching on numerous actions of immorality but yet retain his Christ like demeanor of mercy and forgiveness is simply amazing.
What is your vocation story? How did you feel called to the priesthood?
For about as long as I remember I have always felt the calling to the Priesthood. Up until 10th grade I was planning on joining the Legionaries of Christ, until I met Bryan Khur who told me about Seminarian life with the Archdiocese of Atlanta. A new door was opened, and I entered seminary with the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
What is seminary life like for you?
I’m just beginning my first year, and being straight out of high school I was curious to see how it would all play out. After spending some time now there, I appreciate how awesome an environment we have been given to cultivate our prayer life, yet at the same time, allowing for us to just have a great time.
What do you look forward to about being a priest?
I think everyone striving for the priesthood most looks forward to being able to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.Personally , second to that, is being able to take part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For me, I know the immense joy that I receive upon admitting to my faults and allowing Christ to heal my wounds. Being able to be our Lord’s instrument and witness Him heal the depths of another’s soul, is a blessing beyond words. I want people to experience the love and mercy of Christ and come to the realization there is nothing we can do to lose this love.
What advice do you have for other guys thinking about the priest?
Never feel like you’re not good enough to become a priest. We are all called by Christ to do something, whether that be the Priesthood or not.It doesn’t matter how broken or far we may be, God can take our broken selves, make us whole, and use us for His greater glory. There is a saying “ Every saint had a past and every sinner has a future”.