College Program - Freshman
Parish: St. Charles, Hartland
Seminary: Immaculate Heart of Mary College Seminary
Birthday: June 7
Intercessor: Holy Mary Mother of GOD, Saint Therese of Lisieux, Saint Jude, Saint Francis de Sales
I am, through the Grace of GOD, a son of GOD and of Mary. GOD has blessed me abundantly and I cannot be grateful enough.
Tell us your vocation story.
I grew up in a good Catholic family. We went to Mass each Sunday, would pray before meals, and one of my parents would pray before bed each night with me and my twin. I went to Catholic for all my grade school years and high school. During these years I fell into sin and deeper sin, as I am a sinner and I also lacked a healthy understanding of the Faith. With time, GOD pulled me closer and closer, with constant Grace that I did not notice, as well as noticeable Graces. One of these notable Graces was at the father and son camp between my Freshman Sophomore year at Marquette High. By the end of the camp, there was an opportunity to go to Confession, my conscience was pricked, and although very nervous, I made my Confession. I cannot say that my Faith was very evident right after this extraordinary Grace, but I can say that I was stirred. I fell back into the deadly lull of sin, and, over time GOD drew me back again. This time it was about 6 months before receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. During this time, my mom began to recite the Rosary daily, at the request of my Grandpa who was getting sick, and she would frequently invite me to join her. I did, and, thanks to the Glorious Virgin Mary, who has such power with GOD, I quickly grew in love for my Faith. By the time I was confirmed, I had a Saint picked out, Saint Jude. My Grandpa had such an influence over this decision, and Saint Jude, through many little signs has shown me his fruitful intercession. The first time the idea of the priesthood had ever come to me was after homecoming Sophomore year, where it flashed into my heart and I was very confused, I rejected it, and did not think about it again until the next year around the same time, where I rejected it again, and then slowly began opening to it (there is no other way to explain this than through the Immaculate Mother’s Grace). I began discerning my vocation, very slowly but surely, and Cor Jesu also affected me deeply, as there I had the opportunity every week to receive JESUS CHRIST’s healing forgiveness and His Sacred BODY AND BLOOD. By the end of the first semester of my Senior year, I had already made a visit to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, and, through GOD’s immeasurable Grace, I decided to join the Seminary.
What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?
Running from GOD’s will. If you do that, you will only encounter harm. (I say this although I do it frequently).
What is your favorite psalm verse and why?
Psalm 131/132: 6-8. Behold we have heard of it in Ephrata: we have found it in the fields of the wood. We will go into his tabernacle: We will adore in the place where his feet stood. Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which thou hast sanctified.
Since Mary is the New Ark of the Covenant, this passage speaks of Mary, specifically I see it as her assumption. Also the first line mentions Ephrata, which is Bethlehem. This is so awesome!
What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?
I am enjoying reading more, and I like to play basketball and football.
Where do you like to go pray?
I like to go to a Chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is to pray. I like to look at an image of Mary while I pray.
Where do you do your best studying?
My best studying occurs in my room, as it generally does not occur anywhere else.
Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
Mary, Perpetual Virgin and Queen of the Angels, Saint Jude, and Saint Charles Borromeo.