Year of Study: Pre-Theology II
Home Parish: St. Anthony’s, Novato
- When did you first think about becoming a priest?
I started thinking about becoming a priest ten years ago, and I have discerned priesthood from year to year ever since. However, it was not until this last year that the Lord made his call fully known to me. In moving to and serving within the San Francisco Archdiocese of San Francisco, it became very clear that the Lord was calling me beyond a life of youth and young adult ministry and into a life of serving his church fully. Simply put, it is Jesus or its nothing, and Jesus has shown me that where I find him most is serving him in the church hopefully in priesthood.
- Please tell a bit of your background before entering the seminary: did you enter from high school, working, college, etc.?
Before entering seminary, I gained my bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Stanislaus. In my time there, I served as campus minister. I also worked as a manager at Lowe’s Home improvement and as a registered behavior technician with children on the autism spectrum. In my year in between school and seminary, I was the director of religious education for St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Novato. I spent a beautiful year serving the people of St. Anthony’s and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I have worked many jobs from fast food, to waiting tables, to working for the Church, and I hope to bring that experience with me to seminary.
- What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing during your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy a little bit of everything. I love playing and watching any sport especially basketball, volleyball, or soccer. I also love playing instruments. I play drums and some piano and guitar. I also rap and make beats in my free time. I like to do a little bit of everything, if it involves people, laughter, and joy then I am there.
- Who is your favorite saint?
I will give you three even though there are many, my favorite three saints are St. Padre Pio, St. John Paul II, and St. Sharbel of Lebanon.
- What has been your favorite spiritual reading book?
My favorite spiritual book is Tattoos on the Heart by Father Greg Boyle. If you want a book that will both change the way you see the love and mercy of the Lord, change the way you treat people, and cause you to laugh and cry like never before pick up Tattoos on the Heart.
- What part of priestly life do you feel most drawn toward?
The Eucharist is always the Eucharist. If I could spend the rest of my life offering confessions and bringing people closer to the Eucharist through Mass and adoration my heart would be satisfied. It is truly Jesus, truly the source and summit of our faith. I encourage you to run to the Eucharist always, in all good or bad situations run to the Eucharist, Jesus is waiting for you there!
- What would you say to a man considering applying for the seminary?
Surrender to the Lord, listen for his voice, and when he calls you, go and go boldly, you will be fully happy in the arms of the Lord. Stop seeking consolation in things of this world, seek Jesus, “for our heart is restless till it rests in him” (St. Augustine). If you are thinking about seminary, reach out to your vocations director, pray for surrender and seek Jesus in all things; he will guide you step by step. As Psalm 119:105 says, “The Lord is the Lampstand to my feet.” If you trust the Lord, he will guide you on every step and you will never regret following the Lord. He loves you and wants what is best for you; it’s time to trust him and boldly go where he calls you!