Dillon BruceFirst Theology
Pontifical North American College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Hello! I am the oldest of three sons of my magnificent parents, Jeannette and Brian Bruce. I was raised in Stuarts Draft, Virginia and graduated from Stuarts Draft High School in 2012.
After high school, I set out to fulfill my plans to become an engineer by attending Virginia Tech as a Mechanical Engineering Major, but little did I know that God would have such a different and wonderful path for me to follow.
As a Catholic Hokie, I was very active in the pro-life group and, most of all, the Newman Community at Virginia Tech. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by other youth who loved the Catholic faith. I became very involved in the outreach and service that the Newman Community provided. I first felt Christ beginning to tug my heart towards the priesthood during the Spring Break service trip in Mound Bayou, Mississippi of my Freshman year.
All of that service made me realize that, perhaps, I have the heart to be a priest and serve Jesus’s flock. However, still set in my ways, I tried to push that calling off, still concerned about obtaining that engineering degree. However, with the influence of a wonderful friend and the opportunities provided by the Newman Community, Christ never let up on calling me. Eventually one night, at the beginning of my sophomore year, as I was praying before Our Lord in the Newman house chapel, I realized that engineering was not what was going to make me happy, but following God’s will was.
After some further discernment and spiritual direction, I decided that God was calling me to leave Virginia Tech and enter seminary. I started my first year of formation in the Fall of 2014 at Saint John Paul II Seminary; and, in conjunction with my formation, I am a Senior at Catholic University of America as a Philosophy Major.
I am so amazed at what God has already done with my life, and I pray that He will do likewise with many other men in our diocese!