School: Notre Dame Seminary2901 S. Carrollton AvenueNew Orleans, LA 70118
I was born in San Diego, California and moved to Georgia in middle school. I grew up on a chicken farm in Northeast Georgia where my three brothers and I helped our parents with the 12,000 plus chickens. I went to the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelors in Financial Planning. Upon graduation, I worked at a financial planning firm in Atlanta, until I discerned that God was calling me to enter Seminary.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy running cross country trails, playing tennis and ultimate frisbee.
What is one of your favorite scriptures?
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7-8)
Who is your favorite saint and why?
My favorite saint is Pope John Paul II; his life is a testimony to hope and a model of holiness. His teachings on the Theology of the Body change everything, and I mean everything!! Read it!
In a nutshell, what is your vocation story? How did you feel called to the priesthood?
God has been calling me to seminary all my life. He revealed this call to me specially by giving me a restless heart. I searched for consolation in many things: dating, sports, work, but it wasn’t until I verbally admitted that I needed to enter seminary and discern priesthood, did I truly feel peace.
What is seminary life like for you?
I am currently beginning my first year of seminary, I will let y’all know how it goes ☺
What do you look forward to about being a priest?
I look forward to celebrating the sacraments, especially to Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession). Confession is a place where I have encountered God’s mercy; to be able to bring that same grace to someone would bring me a lot of joy.
What advice do you have for other guys thinking about the priesthood?
Pray, attend the sacraments, and ask God specifically: “Are you calling me to discern priesthood in seminary?” Do this daily and when God answers, be brave.