Carl ThompsonPastoral Year
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
University of Virginia
I was born and raised in Augusta County, Va to a family in the tradition of the Church of the Nazarene. My interests varied as I grew from wanting to be a preacher to an interest in professional wrestling. Fast forward to High School senior year, I felt a call to the Catholic priesthood during an English Class in which we watched the movie ‘Becket’. I was not Catholic at the time, but began looking into the Church. After graduation, I took a gap year and entered RCIA classes at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Staunton, VA. I officially entered the Church during the 2006 Easter Vigil.
The fall of 2006, I entered Blue Ridge Community College. I began to question what I felt to be a calling and instead of talking to anyone about vocations, I just focused on my classes. After earning an Associates, I changed focus again and studied East Asia and Religion when I entered the University of Virginia. My time at the University became a long period of questioning. I graduated in 2011, and once again decided to avoid the continuous call that I was feeling. I entered the culinary world in 2012 and became a Pastry Chef. All the while nothing seemed to satisfy me. After seven years in the Culinary field, I finally decided to discern the priesthood in earnest. The deeper I delved into discernment, the happier I became. I guess you could say now that I have become a seminarian my journey has just started.
Favorite Book: The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism by Carl McColman
Favorite Saints: St. Thomas Becket , St. Francis of Assisi, St. Pio of Pietrelcina.
Home Parish: Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville.