St. Matthew, Champaign
Year entered the Seminary/Class of
Entered in 2021, Class of 2027
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Why did you become a seminarian?
After several years of discernment, I believe that God is calling me to be His Priest-Victim. I first felt called to the priesthood following my conversion to Catholicism as a senior in high school. Not wanting to mistake the initial zeal of conversion with a call to Holy Orders, I waited several years and completed bachelor’s programs at the University of Southern Mississippi. All this time, a gentle nudging in my heart–heard best during many silent hours of Adoration–urged me toward the priesthood. Gazing upon Our Eucharistic Lord granted me much consolation where there had been doubt. In August 2021, I moved to Illinois to continue my education and entrusted my stay in the Midwest to Ven. Fulton J. Sheen’s prayers. Within a month, Ven. Sheen provided me with a spiritual advisor, and I received “the peace that surpasses all understanding.” For me, discerning my vocation has been a gradual process of abandonment to God.
Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?
I received a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate careers, I worked in archives and special collections with an emphasis in historical manuscripts preservation
An interesting fact about you
Born and raised in Mississippi, I have visited 13 countries and have walked the last 72 miles of the Camino de Santiago.