Diocese of Beaumont
Home Parish and City: St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, TX
Pastoral Year Parish and City: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Mont Belvieu, TX
What were you doing prior to entering seminary?
I was working as the FT Human Resources Supervisor in Beaumont, TX while attending Lamar University, seeking a BA in Business Management.
In short, what is your vocation story? Why are you in seminary today?
In 2008, I found a staleness in life and I thought it would be good to take that to prayer. For months, I just asked, "God, what do you want me to do with my life?" I received an answer to this prayer in the Fall during an A.C.T.S. Retreat when I asked the question one more time. The only thing I heard was the "priesthood". I had wondered if He was calling me to discern this but I wasn't really expecting this answer, and for it to be so strong. I tried with no success to get another answer. So, after about a year, I decided that I would at least apply to seminary and see what all this is about. In 2010, I entered seminary formation for the Diocese of Beaumont, TX. Honestly, from that moment on, everything in my life seemed to fall into place. This journey has been one of the most enjoyable and enriching experiences of my life, and I continues on one day at a time. It is now my seventh year of formation and I am blessed to be assigned to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Mont Belvieu, TX for my Pastoral Year. The people of God are a beautiful treasure that He has called me to serve. I no longer discern if He is calling me to be a priest because the answer is yes. My discernment is now figuring out how He is calling me to do this best, for His greater glory and the enrichment of His people.
Advice to other men considering the priesthood:
One thing I have learned in this journey is that God is more stubborn than I am. What I mean by this is, at a certain point, if you feel like you are being called, then you have to be willing to take that leap of faith and trust God enough to sustain you as you walk the path He has laid out for you.
St. Anthony of Padua
Hobbies or Interests:
Singing, Movies, and spending time with family and friends