I was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas into a Catholic, Air Force family and spent most of my younger years moving between Little Rock Air Force Base and the Pentagon. I began college at Virginia Tech. I was an active Catholic, but I wasn’t very active in the Newman Community (aside from Sunday Mass and playing on their Intramural Soccer team). Nonetheless, I formed a solid group of close friends and all was good. Spring semester came along, though, and the winter season was taking a toll on my friendships, so I decided to take some time away from campus and just “reset.” Providentially, the Newman Community was holding a “Connect” retreat at that time, and even though it was not a discernment retreat, all I could seem to think about during prayer was the Priesthood. I told my parents, but decided to put off any further consideration until after I finished my Engineering Degree at VT. God had a different plan.
I took some classes that summer and was left with a surplus of free time, so I started picking up some books and spending more time with Fr. David – the Chaplain at VT, and also one of the most down-to-earth, friendly priests I have ever met. During that time I had an amazing encounter with Christ through praying with the Gospels, and Jesus and His Priesthood became more real to me than ever before. Later on during the Fall Semester, I went on an official Discernment Retreat (Duc in Altum) and that experience sealed the deal for me – I knew, without a doubt, that God wanted me to enter the Seminary. The next year, I began studying Philosophy at St. John Paul II Seminary, and graduated from there in 2018. I am now continuing my discernment and theology studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. God is good, and He works in amazing ways!
Please pray for me as I continue to seek and follow where the Lord leads!