Charlie Tamayo

College I

Saint John Paul II Seminary
First Colonial High School


Good whatever time of day it is that you’re reading this! My name is Charlie Tamayo! I am from Virginia Beach, VA, where I was in the public school system my entire life.  I grew up attending St. John the Apostle in Virginia Beach with my family.   I assisted with the yearly Vacation Bible School taught CCD to 4th and 5th graders, was heavily involved with the youth group, and was an altar server for 7 years.

I never really took my faith seriously before getting into high school. It was returning home from a Steubenville Conference the summer before my sophomore year of high school where I first truly considered the priesthood. It was something I very much was hesitant and resistant to initially. My discernment progressed further and further through years of Steubenville Conferences, Diocesan Youth Conferences, Quo Vadis Camps, Youth Group, adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, and (most importantly) prayer.  It was the summer of my senior year of high school when I realized that the only way I could continue discerning what the Lord’s vocation was to me was to enter into the seminary. I began applying to be a seminarian for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond right after my final Quo Vadis, and I was accepted two days before I attended my final Diocesan Youth Conference as a high school participant.

Servant of God Francis Parater, PRAY FOR US!

  • Favorite Book(s): The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Favorite Saint(s): Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
  • Home Parish: Saint John the Apostle, Virginia Beach