Birthday: July 21st
Home Parish: Emmaus, Lakeway
Level of Formation: Pastoral Year
Seminary: St. Mary's Seminary
I was born in St. Paul, MN to Steven and Jean Sweeney. My parents being business people, we moved around frequently for their work. We had the opportunity to live in both Sydney, Australia and Taipei, Taiwan for several years. I attended high school in Austin, TX and graduated in 2007. The next school year, I enrolled as a freshman in the Marine Engineering program at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Through the academy, I sailed as an engineer for a year on several merchant ships and visited several countries by sea, including Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Djibouti, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany. I graduated in 2011 with a US Coast Guard License and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch of the US Army. Inspired by the military chaplains both at the academy and the Army, and after much prayer and discernment, I left the active duty service in 2014 in order to enter seminary with the hopes to serve as a future priest. I currently am a seminarian student at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston studying for the Diocese of Austin, co-sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and a US Army Reserve Chaplain Candidate. God willing, I will be ordained to the diaconate in 2020 and to the Priesthood in 2021.