Year of Study: College III
Home Parish: St. Anthony’s, Menlo Park
- When did you first think about becoming a priest?
I first thought about being a priest as a kid, but it did not go anywhere. The second time I had this calling was in 2019. I went to a retreat where the speaker was talking about one’s purpose in life and the idea of the priesthood just came to my mind. It is interesting because it is something that I wasn’t even considering.
- Please tell a bit of your background before entering the seminary: did you enter from high school, working, college, etc.?
Before entering the seminary, I was working as a full time associate at In-N-Out Burger. Before transitioning to a full time employee, I was studying political science at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont. I finished my freshman year, but left school after the first semester of my sophomore year. Around the time that I was thinking about the priesthood, but I was also thinking about leaving school because I did not know what I would do with a political science degree. I did not see an end point. I did not feel motivated to continue. So, I made the ignorant and impetuous decision to leave school. If I wasn’t so ignorant about the seminary process, I would have stayed in school until I entered seminary. However, I truly believe that leaving school was for the best. Leaving school gave me the time to reflect on what I was doing with my life. I started to acquire a consistent prayer life and I started to read.
- What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing during your free time?
In my free time, I like to read and hang out with friends. Photography is not my best skill, but the beauty of nature just has me hooked.
- Who is your favorite saint?
I don’t know much about the saints, but Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been a great inspiration.
- What has been your favorite spiritual reading book?
The Imitation of Christ, Soul of the Apostolate, Humility of Heart, and The Priest is Not His Own.
- What part of priestly life do you feel most drawn toward?
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is what I am currently drawn to. I truly feel like we have to reintroduce reverence and beauty back into our liturgies.
- What would you say to a man considering applying for the seminary?
Pray, pray, pray! One’s interior life is what will shape our thoughts and actions. A solid relationship with Christ will help one obtain a virtuous life. As Jean-Baptiste Chautard says: “I would be depriving myself of one of the most effective means of acquiring this interior life if I failed to strive after a precise and certain faith in the active presence of Jesus within me, not merely living, but an extremely vital reality, and one which penetrated more and more into all the life of my faculties. When Jesus, in this manner, becomes my light, my ideal, my counsel, my support, my refuge, my strength, my healer, my consolation, my joy, my love, in a word, my life, I shall acquire all the virtues” ( Soul of the Apostolate 15)