Birthday: December 1st
Home Parish: St. Vincent de Paul, Austin
Level of Formation: II Theology
Seminary: Pontifical North American College
I am 23 years old. I grew up in the city of Austin attending Catholic school my whole life - Holy Family from K through 8, and then St. Dominic Savio for high school. My home parish, St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), is located right next to both of these schools. SVdP was founded the year after I was born, at which point my parents became involved in parish ministry. I followed them in this way of service by becoming an altar server, bringing the Eucharist to the sick and homebound, and upon receiving Confirmation, became a lector.
I first felt the calling to the Priesthood during my middle school years. I began to explore this vocation more throughout my time in high school, attending the annual Quo Vadis retreat as well as the monthly discernment dinners. Especially during my junior and senior years in high school, I developed a love for the Liturgy of the Hours, which is a series of psalms and prayers that all Deacons and Priests commit to praying daily for the entire Church. I decided in senior year that I would attend Texas A&M and study Aerospace Engineering, with the intention of, at some point in the future, joining the seminary. However, halfway through that first year I participated in the Heart of Jesus discernment retreat, which made me realize that now was the time for me to enter formation as a seminarian. I told my parents Christmas night of 2013 that I intended to apply to the diocese, and their support was a great affirmation that I was following the will of God.
In the fall of 2014, I began studies at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana, where I studied Philosophy for three years. I learned so much about myself, my vocation, and our Church in that time, and made many friendships that I pray will last throughout my life. In July of 2017, I travelled to Rome with Sam Bass to transition into the next stage of seminarian formation: theology studies. I am excited to continue learning about our Catholic faith, to learn about He who is calling me to this vocation in life, and all the ways that God acts in our lives.
Please keep me in your prayers, and be assured that I will keep y’all in mine.