David Arellano

First Theology

Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Franklin County High School


I am originally from Orange, California, but when I was still very young I moved to the town in Mexico where my family is originally from. After finishing 3rd Grade there I moved back to the US, but due to my mom’s work I did not move back to California, but to Rocky Mount, Virginia where I have lived since. I am a member of the Franklin County High School Class of 2015 and during my time there I was heavily involved in the music department, particularly in the marching and concert/symphonic bands. I was supposed to be a member of the Hampden-Sydney College Class of 2019, I still have the t-shirt and deposit receipt to prove it, but the Lord had other plans for me. I had been thinking about the priesthood for some time and had been in conversation with Fr. Michael Boehling, who was the Vicar for Vocations at the time. After much prayer and encouragement from those around me I decided to not go to H-SC, but instead to apply to the College Seminary Program. On June 4, 2015, five days after my High School graduation, I was accepted by the late Bishop DiLorenzo to begin studies that Fall at St. John Paul II Seminary while also earning my Bachelor’s Degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I completed formation at JPII and graduated from CUA in May of 2019 and I now attend Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary for my theological studies. In my spare time I enjoy to cook and to hang out with my brother seminarians doing whatever we happen to be doing at that time. That’s a little bit about me and I hope that whatever the Lord’s plan is for your life you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed doing His will for me.

  • Favorite Book:  No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
  • Favorite Saint: St. Joseph
  • Home Parish: St. Francis of Assisi, Rocky Mount