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Samuel Bass

Birthday: May 23rd

Home Parish: St. Louis, Austin

Level of Formation: II Theology

Seminary: Pontifical North American College

I grew up in Austin, and graduated from McCallum High School. My mom and dad were baptized protestant but did not raise me going to church. I went to college in Massachusetts and began to explore the Christian faith through reading the gospels and friendships with Catholic students. After graduating from college I decided to enter an RCIA program, and was baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2013. I am so grateful to God that he led me home to himself and his church!

Shortly thereafter, I moved back home to Austin, where I began to discern a call to priesthood through meeting the former and current vocation directors, Fathers Brian McMasters and Jonathan Raia. I saw in their spiritual fatherhood an example of the kind of man I would like to be. I served in various ministries in my new home parish, St. Louis King of France, for a year and a half, which deepened my desire to apply to seminary, and I began philosophy studies in fall, 2015, at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving. After completing two years of philosophy courses and formation at Holy Trinity, I began theology studies this August at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

It is a blessing to be so close to the saints, and to our Holy Father, in a city which is in a special way the heart of the church. I am grateful to God as I realize how he accompanies me every step of the way; to my parents, for always supporting me; and for the generosity of so many Catholics who support seminarians through prayer and financial donations: this makes our course of formation possible and blesses us greatly. We are a family united in prayer!