John Minnich

Second Theology

Theological College
Virginia Tech


I was born and grew up in Roanoke, Virginia with my parents and four younger siblings. I was involved in band and sports growing up, and graduated from William Byrd High School and the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School in 2009. I then went to Virginia Tech, graduating in May 2013 with a degree in computer science, and started a software engineering job with IBM in Tucson, AZ later that summer. I was involved in campus ministry in college and passionate about the faith, but thoughts of the priesthood were fleeting at best.

A few months after moving to Tucson and being active in my parish, I went on a retreat in Phoenix where I powerfully encountered the authority of Christ in a talk given by a priest. I contacted the vocations director in Tucson soon after, but put the idea on the back burner for a few months before finally beginning serious discernment. When I began discerning seriously, my fears and skepticism about possibly being called to the priesthood gradually eroded and I saw that God was calling me home to the Diocese of Richmond. I applied, was accepted, and will be studying pre-theology at Theological College at The Catholic University of America this year.

Apart from my studies, I enjoy playing and following sports (I’m a big fan of the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as college football and basketball), playing piano, taking pictures, making websites, hiking, and browsing Wikipedia and Google Maps.