J. Lucas “Luke” Fitzgerald

Pre-Theology

Sacred Heart Seminary & School of Theology
US Navy


I was born and raised in Arkansas and am the oldest of 2. Shortly after High School I joined the Navy where I was trained as a Nuclear Mechanic and served 14 years until Dec of 2016. Although I was raised in Arkansas, when the Navy moved me to Virginia back in 2014, I fell in love with the state and decided to make Virginia my home, which was a major factor for my discerning to be a Seminarian for the Diocese of Richmond.

My discernment started with me dragging my feet and what I thought was best for God. After a few people saying that I would make a great Priest and a few nudges from God I finally went to a come and see retreat while on leave for Christmas. As soon as I got out of my car at the retreat center I felt a waterfall of peace come over me, and it was from that moment on I said “Not what I want but what God wants from me”. And from that moment on, the more I did God’s will, the more peace I found in life.

After about 2 years of discerning and applying, I was accepted as a Seminarian for the Diocese of Richmond and am now attending Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. I always heard people talk about the peace they have when hard times hit them and they fully rely on God, but to live it and experience it firsthand has been a blessing. If there’s one piece of advice I could give to someone, it is to ask what God wants from me and to act on it and not to delay like I did.

  • Favorite Book: The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn or The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Favorite Saint: Saint Stephen the Martyr
  • Home Parish: Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach, VA