Home Parish: St. Thomas More, Houston, TX
I was born in Houston, Texas. St. Thomas More is my home parish. I worshipped the Lord there all my life. So too, I went to grade school there. For high school, I attended St. Thomas High School. During my high school years, I was active in youth group; my reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Church and my catechetical preparation for the Sacrament after eighth grade fueled this fire. I attended the “Youth Mass” every Sunday, where I often assisted through participation in the choir. The Eucharist being at the heart of my spirituality, I strove also to attend daily Mass at St. Thomas High School as much as possible.
Every summer I attended the Franciscan University sponsored “Steubenville Youth Conferences.” The conferences had a deep impact on my spirituality, and it is there that I first felt called to discern a vocation to the diocesan priesthood. Sadly, being hardheaded, I remained fixed on my goal to become a medical doctor for many years.
Because of my desire to keep God at the center of my life and to be immersed in Catholic culture, I chose to attend the Franciscan University of Steubenville. There, my spiritual life came alive, as did my love of Christ’s Church. My love of Christ and His Church was most impacted by my involvement with various music ministries, which sought to glorify Him in all things, and my involvement in a particular fraternal household, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For The Greater Glory of God).
Upon graduation, having realized that I no longer felt called to be a medical doctor, I took my biology degree and embarked on a relatively long journey of discernment. The road led me to pursue my interests in scientific research, bioethics, Christian music, Master’s level work in philosophy, politics and a good few other things. In the end, once I gave up trying to pursue everything I thought the Lord wanted me to do, in an hour in front of the Holy Eucharist, I heard the Lord’s still, small, and loving voice, the very One which had been pursuing me since high school. He was calling me to be His priest. Ever since I accepted this and began pursuing His will, I have been filled with joy. And so, God willing, and with your prayers, I will make it to ordination day. I can’t wait to joyfully serve the People of God as a priest of Jesus Christ.
Favorite Saint Quotes: “Now please pray so that I may respond to such a beautiful vocation; that, like the bread of the sacrifice, I may lose my life, my substance, my personality, to be changed into the spirit and life of Jesus, retaining only a human appearance, humiliation and poverty, so that the virtue of Jesus may dwell in the midst of my infirmities.” -St. Peter Julian Eymard
“May His Eucharistic Kingdom come!” -St. Peter Julian Eymard (More from this Saint: http://goo.gl/YPA3Ee )
Favorite Bible Verses: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) So too, “Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn…” (1 Kings 2: 2b-3) With that being said, “Never grow lack in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:11-12) With this in mind, “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. (Matthew 28:19)