Parish: St. Peter Parish, Slinger
Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales
Birthday: August 30
Intercessor: Mary, Help of Christians
I am a young man from Washington County who has found himself being pursued by Christ.
Tell us your vocation story.
In fifth grade I did a project on what a day in the life of a Seminarian is like. I was able to tour and attend mass at St. Francis de Sales Seminary. After that experience at the Seminary, a desire toward the priesthood began to form within my heart. I always look back at that experience at the Seminary as one that changed my life, even though I had no idea of that at the time. I had many doubts about the priesthood throughout high school, it seemed like a puzzle that God wanted me to solve. It wasn’t until I did my freshman year of college at the University of Mary that I was able to find more clarity. The turning point in my discernment was when I began to pray by giving the Lord the space to speak in silence. The gentle Prescence of our Lord that spoke to me then has continued to guide and shape me throughout my time so far in seminary.
What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?
I think many men fear making the wrong choice, and the commitment of giving the Lord your time and attention in seminary can seem risky. There is no better place to be than close to the Lord, seminary is a great place to do just that.
What is your favorite psalm verse and why?
Psalm 16 is my favorite psalm. I am always consoled by this psalm because it reminds me that my happiness lies in the Lord.
What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?
I enjoy being active and spending time with my brother seminarians. My favorite sport is hockey.
Where do you like to go pray?
I prefer praying early in the day, after some coffee, with our Lord in the Eucharist.
Where do you do your best studying?
I enjoy studying in my room or at a coffee shop.
Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Joseph of Cupertino- His immense trust in the Lord for his own vocation is amazing to me.