Year of Study: Pre-seminary formation

Home Parish: St. Stephen

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

As a child, I loved watching the priest during Mass, and I would ‘pretend’ to be him, though it never went anywhere since 1st graders don’t make great seminarians. As I returned to the Catholic faith during my college years, I (very) slowly realized that the sacraments were becoming the thing that mattered most to me in my life. I wanted nothing more than to share God’s love and grace with others, and to that I was being called.

  1. Please tell a bit of your background before entering the priestly formation program: did you enter from high school, working, college, etc.?

I graduated from Baylor University with a B.S in Biology, as I originally wanted to be a scientist and would’ve laughed at the idea of being a priest. After college, I came back to San Francisco and worked at École Notre Dame Des Victoires as a 1st grade aide for a year. It was a great opportunity to develop my pastoral and teaching skills, as well as to foster a sense of paternal responsibility. I also used this time to deepen my prayer life, become more active in my parish, and meet fellow discerners with the Office of Vocations.

  1. What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing during your free time?

I enjoy cooking, going on hikes, reading anything about theology or microbiology, and going out for coffee with friends.

  1. Who is your favorite saint?

Our Blessed Mother, by a longshot. She is a wonderful example of loving obedience to God and perfect faith, and she has always been at my side through thick and thin. I am also a great admirer of Saint Pope John Paul II and Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

  1. What has been your favorite spiritual reading book?

Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis De Sales and The Priest Is Not His Own, by Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen are both great reads when discerning.

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

The sacraments! I want to help bring people to God anyway I can, principally through the Eucharist. Everything else will come from that!

  1. What would you say to a man who thinks they may might be called to the priesthood?

Remember: “Be it done to me according to thy word”! Keep your heart open to God and discern His plan for you through prayer. Recieve the sacraments, schedule yourself a weekly Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, and get to know the priests and your fellow discerners through the Vocations Office; they don’t bite!