Parish: Saint Francis de Sales, Lake Geneva
Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales
Birthday: June 19
Intercessor: St. Luke
Although I am six foot eight, I do not play basketball. I enjoy making people laugh (or at least I enjoy trying), and if you ever need something from the top shelf, let me know.
Tell us your vocation story.
I did not really feel a serious call to the priesthood until I had a moving experience at a Steubenville retreat. I was not overly excited to go on the retreat, but I tried to stay positive. After a wonderful time of prayer during adoration, there was a priest who asked the entire conference if anyone who was considering becoming a priest would please stand up. For some reason, though I had not been discerning the priesthood at the time, I stood up. Those who stood up were asked to come forward, and we were given some information about entering the seminary. With some help from a seminarian assisting at my home parish and the vocation director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, I was able to determine that the Lord was calling me to the seminary.
What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?
Today’s society oftentimes does not even consider going to the seminary as a viable option; it seems that most people see marriage as the only possible vocation. This can be a definite barrier to a seminarian, as those you meet can have a lot of trouble relating to a seminarian’s call.
What is your favorite psalm verse and why?
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? This verse brings me great peace, as I feel an overwhelming sense of calm knowing that I am protected by the Lord.
What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?
I like to play guitar, make art, compose music, play frisbee and watch movies.
Where do you like to go to pray?
I find I can focus on prayer the most in a quiet place, preferably in the presence of the Lord.
Where do you do your best studying?
I study best in my room.
Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?