Rev. Mr. Nicholas RedmondFourth Theology
University of Virginia
Hello! I am happy to be studying at Theological College at Catholic University in Washington, DC… it has been awesome! I actually grew up in the Washington, DC, suburb of Silver Spring, MD, went to St. John the Evangelist parish, and graduated from Gonzaga College High School in DC in 1996. I went to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, majoring in Chemistry and Spanish. I then earned my Master’s degree in teaching from UVA. I spent 10 excellent years as a Spanish teacher at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville. My parish in Charlottesville for all those years was St. Thomas Aquinas, a very active parish run by the Dominicans.
Life was great, I loved my job, had a serious girlfriend, and was very involved with the parish, but God smacked me upside the head in the summer of 2011 and made it clear to me that I had to answer this call to the priesthood that I had been hearing, but ignoring, since I was a kid. I’d love to tell you the whole story of how that happened (it is really crazy!), but it takes too long to tell here.
I have a great dog named George who’s being taken care of by my cousin’s family in Warrenton, VA. Also, I’m a big fan of college football and basketball, of the Redskins, Orioles, and Nationals, and of soccer, specifically the Southampton Saints of the English Premier League. A little side-note about me is that for many years I was a referee for football, basketball, and lacrosse. I was able to work my way up to college D-3 football in the ODAC and USA South Conference and college D-1 lacrosse, even refereeing a couple UVA games at Klockner Stadium. Maybe the coolest gig I had was being the clock operator at UVA men’s home basketball games. Being on the floor for so many ACC basketball games was intense! I still get to ref some, for example the TC vs. JPII Seminary basketball game, which was almost as intense as some of those college games! That’s been one of the coolest things about the seminary – how God purifies those things that are really important and allows you to easily let go of those things that don’t really matter as much as we thought they did. So I am very excited to continue my seminary studies so that, God-willing, one day I can serve His people as one of His priests.