Parish: St. Kilian, Hartford
Seminary: Pontifical North American College - Rome, Italy
Birthday: January 29
Intercessor: Our Blessed Mother and St. André Bessette
I listen more than I speak, seek silence more than noise, and consistently reflect on where I am in life. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy public speaking, being with people, or trying new things. Rather, all I do stems from my interior life of reflection, silence, and listening. Simply put, I try to continually make more room for God in my heart. He does the rest.
Tell us your vocation story:
It’s easier to say what it’s not. It isn’t a Pauline conversion experience where I was knocked off my feet. Rather, it was a quiet, unobtrusive and continuous invitation punctuated by people God placed in my midst. Individually, these encounters would be seen as ordinary. Collectively, they all pointed towards seminary and more intentionally discerning a call to priesthood.
What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?
At its core, it’s the interior struggle of reconciling what God is asking of you and being honest with what your heart truly desires. I seriously considered applying to seminary for about three years. Looking back, the final two years was the long process of finally saying the, ‘yes,’ that was in my heart from the beginning.
What is your favorite psalm verse and why?
"What is man that you are mindful of him, and mortal man that you care for him?" (Ps. 8:5)
If you could explain its content, it would become meaningless.
What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?
I enjoy some alone time by running, hiking, photography, and reading. I also enjoy seeing my family and meeting friends for coffee/dinner.
Where do you like to go pray?
I like to pray before the Blessed Sacrament whether exposed or in the tabernacle. I also like to pray quietly in my room, walk the trails through the seminary woods, and in the seminary cemetery.
Where do you do your best studying?
I study best wherever it is quiet, mostly in my room or the library.
Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
Besides our Blessed Mother, St. André Bessette.