Year of formation: Theology 1
Home Parish and City: Our Lady of Wisdom, San Marcos
What were you doing prior to entering seminary? Graduated with a Bachelor of Public Administration from Texas State University; Co-directed a high school program for academic remediation
In short, what is your vocation story? Why are you in seminary today? I met Jesus at the end of my freshman year of college (at which time I was a student of Cal Poly Pomona studying Landscape Architecture) through a non-denominational ministry (Cru - Campus Crusade for Christ). They taught me the importance of reading the Bible. So, my prayer life began with praying Scripture almost every day.
When I transferred to Texas State, I led part of their ministry and eventually met Jesus-loving-practicing-Catholics through that same ministry. It was tough to leave Cru; they were indispensable for nurturing my faith and discipline in prayer. The Carmelite spirituality, faith-filled reason, Scripturally-integrated doctrine, and Scripturally-rich Liturgy of Catholicism all drew me into the fold of the Church.
Honestly, after being steeped in Scripture for two or three years by the Non-denominationals, it was a clear and awesome move to make. By the time I came back to the Church, there was this fire and fervor for ministry and preaching the Word that our Lord had cultivated within me. Living that young Catholic life threw more fire into that desire.
At this point, Jesus taught me to desire a share in his own priestly life. He also showed me just how much of a man and priest he is. After cultivating the beginnings of that specific and awesome desire, it made sense to apply to seminary. I also had the opportunity serve in Catholic ministry while at Texas State. Since seminary, he has been doing a lot of pruning and refining. It kinda hurts, but I believe it is worth it.
Advice to other men considering the priesthood: Steep yourself in prayer and Scripture. Be honest with yourself and with God. Do work, like ministry and virtuous living, and other practical things that can resemble the priestly life.
Favorite saint: John of the Cross
Hobbies or Interests: Reading, learning Scripture
Other cool stuff you want to share: I earned every single one of my gray hairs.