Year of Study: Pre-Theology I

Home Parish: Nativity, Menlo Park

WATCH: God calls former Baptist, Army Vet to the priesthood

  1. When did you first think about becoming a priest?

About 10 years ago, when I was thinking about marriage, I started to hear the call from God that he wanted me to be married to the Bride of Christ, His Church.

  1. Please tell a bit of your background before entering the seminary: did you enter from high school, working, college, etc.?
    I just retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel. I served both as an enlisted soldier and as an officer for 34 years.  I joined when I was 18 years old.  I also worked on Capitol Hill for both a Senate and Hose of Representative for 9 years.
  1. What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing during your free time?

I love volleyball, watching old films, travelling, reading, swing dancing (Lindy Hop), and enjoying good conversations with others.

  1. Who is your favorite saint?

I love Saint Edith Stein.  Her story is so compelling.  She is convert from the Jewish faith, and she was martyred by the Nazis. She saw the evil of the Nazis in the 1930s and offered herself as a suffering servant for the Jewish nation.

  1. What has been your favorite spiritual reading book?

A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love in Scripture and The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth  by Dr. Scott Hahn.  These books radically changed the view of the Mass for me.

  1. What part of priestly life do you feel most drawn toward?

The Sacraments because Holy Communion and Penance have healed me in my personal life. I realized that the priest has the ability to heal people through the 7 sacraments of the Church.

  1. What would you say to a man considering applying for the seminary?

Keep your “head and heart” open and listen to the whispers of God to make sure that you are not following your own desires.  Besides praying and retreats, talk to others about it because God may be speaking through them.