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Check out Ladd on the Frater Catholic Podcast, hosted with other seminarians from Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, TX.


Ladd Spears

Birthday: May 19th

Home Parish: St. Mary Cathedral

Level of Formation: II Pre-Theology

Seminary: Holy Trinity Seminary

My name is Ladd Spears. I was born and raised in Austin with my one younger brother. I grew up in a Protestant family, but following my graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2010 and while stationed in Charleston, SC with the Navy, I began RCIA and entered into full communion with the Catholic Church at the 2011 Easter Vigil.

“Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
— Psalm 25:5

A few years later when I was stationed on the island of Guam, while serving as the Catholic lay leader on my submarine, I began to question if God was calling me to the priesthood. That call intensified as I spent the last two years of my military career in Charleston, where I volunteered as a middle school Confirmation preparation catechist. After much prayer, I joyfully decided to pursue formation and continue my discernment in the seminary. I currently study at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving with about 60 other men. Please pray for my formation and that the Lord would continue to bless me with His peace.