Coffee with the Collars - St. Louis featured Will in a recent episode:
Birthday: July 3rd
Home Parish: St. Thomas Aquinas, College Station
Level of Formation: Pastoral year
Seminary: St. Mary Seminary, Houston
Pastoral Year Assignment: St. Louis, King of France, Catholic Church and School, Austin
I was raised in College Station and attended St. Thomas Aquinas during my growing-up years. I have two younger brothers. I first thought about being a priest when I was 7 or 8, around the time of my first communion when I began altar serving.
During high school I was involved in 4-H and FFA through which I raised turkeys, chickens, and steers and was involved with B.E.S.T. Robotics. I graduated from A&M Consolidated HS in 2009, and then went on to become a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2013 (B.S. Biological and Agricultural Engineering). During college I worked both at an engineering lab on campus and as a middle school youth minister (among other jobs). Through these jobs and the formation I received from family, friends, priests, and St. Mary’s Catholic Center, I grew in relationship with Jesus Christ and learned to spend time with him in prayer.
The desire for the priesthood which I first encountered as a child began to grow commensurately with my relationship with Jesus. I decided to apply for seminary during my final year at A&M and was accepted.
I attended pre-theology at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, where I continued to grow and discern a call to priesthood. After Holy Trinity, I began my theological studies at St. Mary Seminary in Houston. After two years at St. Mary’s, I was sent to St. Louis, King of France, Catholic Church and School in Austin for my pastoral year internship. I will return to St. Mary’s in August 2018 for two more years of school. I look forward (God-willing) to ordination to the Diaconate in 2019, and priesthood in 2020!
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, reading good books, cycling around Austin, hiking, and playing ultimate frisbee.