Home Parish: St. Theresa, Sugar Land, TX
I am the youngest of three sons born to Brenda and Roger Hebert on July 26 1990, in Nederland Texas. Very early in life my family moved from Groves Texas, a neighboring city to Beaumont, to the farming costal countryside that lies in-between the Gulf Coast and the city of Beaumont. In this environment, on the banks of Taylor’s Bayou, I grew up in a very loving home with my two older brothers, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, godparents, and the rest of my family. My family is mainly of French-Acadian background, and due to us living in close proximity to the Louisiana border; I grew up constantly surrounded by my very large Catholic family. I attended the Hamshire-Fannett school system from Kindergarten through my high school graduation. Also, I achieved every rank offered in the Cub and Boy Scouts of America ending with the rank of Eagle with three palms in the fall of 2005, after which I served as a troop leader and guide. I have a great love and passion for the arts, especially theatre and music.
The first people that recognized my potential vocation to the priesthood were both my mother and the local parish priest. All throughout my young childhood my mother would tell me at various times that she thought I would make a good priest. Further, almost every Sunday after Holy Mass the pastor of my parish, Father Clement Iglesias, a missionary from Spain, would tell me that I was going to become a priest. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I was always surrounded by priests whether serving as an altar server, or having various priests over to our house on a regular basis. Therefore, I would say that the idea of becoming a priest was present in my mind from a young age, but I did not start seriously considering it until I was a freshman in high school. Further, in recent years I have discovered that my mother actively prayed every night for the Lord to take one of her sons as a priest while my brothers and I were growing up. Therefore, I attribute the gift and nurturing of my vocation to her and my father’s prayers. Originally, when I began to think about the future in high school I wanted to pursue a career in either theatre or music, and desired to attended college in New York City. However, over the years I slowly began to realize that what I truly wanted was to make an impact on the lives of others, and that the Lord was calling me to do this as a priest. Therefore, when it came time to begin the application process to college the natural choice for me was to enter the seminary. After many years of discernment for the Diocese of Beaumont I felt that the Lord was calling me to serve His people in Houston, and I am excited to now be a seminarian for the Archdiocese.
Ps.50:5- “Gather my saints together unto me: those that have made a covenant with me with sacrifice.”
-I have a great devotion to the Book of Psalms, and I find that this verse in particular encapsulates what it means to be a priest of Jesus Christ. The priest is called to guide and teach so as to gather the saints of God unto Him, and to offer the sacrificial covenant ratified in Christ’s blood to the Father.