April 1, 1990
St. Matthew, Champaign
Year entered the Seminary/Class of
Entered 2016, Class of 2022
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Why did you become a seminarian?
I was struggling to understand my purpose when my ever-patient mother talked to me about more deeply discerning God’s will for me. Through deeper prayer I started to see the role of the priest in the sacraments in a whole new light. Through spiritual direction I began to more acutely understand my weaknesses and how God could work through me to overcome them. Eventually, I knew I needed seminary life to take that discernment further.
Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?
I was a substitute teacher in Champaign.
An interesting fact about you
I was my school’s first prom king, and I have an encyclopedic knowledge of nature.