William Buckley

First Theology

Theological College
University of Richmond


I was born on Long Island, NY, and spent the majority of my childhood living in a town called Rockville Centre. However, after graduating from high school, I decided to attend the University of Richmond, where I studied piano performance. During my four years of college, I became consistently involved in the Catholic community on campus through playing piano and singing at Mass, which helped open my mind to the possibility of liturgical music as a career path. I also began to grow fond of Richmond, while still a student, and considered staying here after graduating. Although I lived in Long Island immediately after my graduation in 2014, I continued looking for an opportunity to return to Virginia. This opportunity came up a year later, when I began my first full-time job as an assistant music minister at Saint Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond.

It was during this time at Saint Bridget when I experienced dramatic growth in my faith and first felt distinctly called to the priesthood. Although I tried to ignore this vocation for a while, I eventually opened my heart, by God’s grace, to the possibility of applying for seminary. Through much prayerful discernment, I’ve now been accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Richmond and will enter formation at Theological College in Washington, DC.  Despite the many challenges of such a transition, I am thrilled to continue my discernment as a seminarian! God’s providence is truly amazing and I’m excited to grow ever closer to Him and to participate in His work in the world.

  • Favorite Saint: St. James the Apostle
  • Favorite Book: The Bible
  • Home Parish: Saint Bridget, Richmond, VA