I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts but my family moved to Roanoke, Virginia before I turned two, and that is where I grew up. I had a lot of fun as a kid playing sports and games with my friends and four younger siblings. I played soccer, ran cross country and track, and worked at McDonalds in high school. In 2009, graduated from William Byrd High School in Vinton and entered the College of William and Mary that fall, where I began to pursue a government major.
At William and Mary, I grew a lot in my faith by getting involved in campus ministry. In the beginning of my sophomore year (Fall of 2010), I began to feel a call to discern the priesthood. I was hesitant to think about it at first, I was dating and enjoying my friends and studies at William and Mary, but the more I thought about it the more exciting the idea of priesthood became. I discerned that God was calling me to enter seminary and was accepted into formation at Theological College in DC, where I began in the fall of 2011.
Just like when I was a kid, I’m still a big fan of sports. I watch football or basketball with friends and whenever I go home we always play a family basketball game. I’m a fan of the University of Connecticut and the Miami Dolphins. I played soccer in high school and have had a lot of fun playing on our seminary team against other seminarians (in the annual Vianney Seminary Cup) since coming to Theological College. I also like to run and hike and pretty much do anything outdoors; and I definitely enjoy getting out of the city and going home to the mountains during breaks. I also like to read and I’ve enjoyed studying philosophy in seminary (I completed my undergraduate studies with my Bachelor’s in Philosophy in May 2013).