Birthday: May 19th
Home Parish: St. Mary Cathedral
Level of Formation: I 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.
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.