College Program - Junior
Parish: St. Peter Parish, Slinger
Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales
Birthday: August 30th
Intercessor: St. Joseph of Cupertino
I am an easygoing young man searching for Christ in a noisy world.
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. It wasn’t that I had done anything to “figure out” the discernment I saw as a puzzle. What brought clarity in my discernment was simply spending time with the Lord in silence, every day. It wasn’t until I made the decision, that I would remain there with the Lord no matter what He is calling me to, that it became apparent that I should apply to the Seminary. I do not have one-hundred percent certainty that the Lord wants me to be ordained a priest, but I trust that as long as I remain close to Him, His will be done.
What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?
I think the greatest challenge for a man considering seminary is trying to hear the voice of Christ in a world that wants to drown Him out. There are so many different things grasping for our attention it is hard to find the time to sit with and hear the Lord in the quiet of prayer.
What is your favorite psalm verse and why?
Psalm 119:9-12. How can the young keep his way without fault? Only by observing your words. With all my heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. In my heart I treasure your promise, that I may not sin against you. Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes.
I really like this Psalm because it acknowledges the struggle of young people to follow the Lord. I find much inspiration in this Psalm because while it acknowledges our fault, it focuses primarily on God and the work He will do within us if we let Him. I have found this to be a huge help in my own spiritual life.
What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?
I enjoy being active and being with other people. My favorite sport is definitely hockey
Where do you like to go pray?
I love to pray in a chapel by myself, the Eucharistic presence of Christ is everything to me.
Where do you do your best studying?
In my room with some soft music on.
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.