Home Parish: St. Laurence, Sugar Land, TX
I grew up in Sugar Land, TX with my twin brother Kevin and my younger sister Kate. My parents, Dave and Eilis, absolutely never let me miss a Sunday mass, even when I begged. I attended St. Laurence Catholic School from preschool through 8th grade. I was very fortunate to be immersed in the Catholic faith at an early stage, but I did not make a true commitment to follow Christ until high school. My freshman year at Strake Jesuit, I was fortunate enough to be taught by three priests. I found myself very drawn to Christ through these men, and very drawn to the priesthood as a result. I specifically remember falling in love with the scriptures and salvation history in my freshman Theology class, taught by Fr. Mark Thibodeaux. I will forever be grateful to him for motivating me to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
I chose to attend Texas A&M University for college. I was very involved at St. Mary’s Catholic Center, and my wonderful experiences with the priests only made me consider the vocation even more. I lived with five holy Catholic men at the house we named Padre Pio’s Pad, and they all remain a very important part of my life today. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. I originally chose this major thinking I would go study Theology as a layperson (this way, I could be married), but God continued to pull me towards the priesthood. After spending a few years considering a couple of religious orders, I ultimately decided to apply to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. I feel this is my home, and I want to spend my life serving the diverse communities in and around Houston.
Favorite Scripture: Romans 12:1-2
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
This was the verse my college roommates chose to be a sort of house moto. I think that all men pursuing Christ must work very hard “not [to be] conformed to this world.” I think we live in a time where many people tend to believe that “only the weak go to Church.” As men, we may feel embarrassed to “fall in love” with Christ. We cannot believe these lies. We must be transformed by Him.