David Urlwin


Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
James Madison University

My name is David Urlwin, I am from Centreville, VA and I’m the oldest of three siblings. I went to Catholic grade school at my home Parish, St. Timothy’s in Chantilly (Diocese of Arlington), and then to Paul VI Catholic High School. During my sophomore year in high school I slowly got involved in the Campus Ministry program by altar serving, going on retreats, and attending daily Mass with friends. By the time I got to James Madison University, I knew I at least wanted Sunday Mass to be a part of my routine. JMU’s Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) dramatically impacted my life and there I came to know our Lord more deeply and personally. CCM was also what introduced me to the Diocese of Richmond and its various discernment events, which is why I chose to apply to this Diocese. I served as Assistant Student Campus Minister for our CCM for 9 months and then served as student Campus Minister for a year. I give much credit to these service positions to my discernment to priesthood. The thought of priesthood was on my mind throughout college and often accompanied by anxiety, as I preferred discerning a call to marriage. Through friendships with priests, seminarians, and Campus Ministers, and through cultivating a prayer life and learning how to make decisions instead of being held back by stress, I came to have peace in taking the next step in my discernment, which is attending seminary. I’m incredibly excited to begin my studies this Fall at Mount Saint Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD.

I graduated from JMU in December of 2019 with a B.A. in Spanish and with minors in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Anthropology. At JMU I enjoyed a wide variety of intramurals, the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, and strolling through Downtown Harrisonburg (while enjoying all the amazing foods it offers). I am also a board game fanatic, I enjoy playing ice hockey with my father and sisters, and a coffee and craft beer enthusiast.

Favorite book:  Searching for and Maintaining Peace, Jacques Phillipe

Favorite Saint:  Saint Francis de Sales

Home Parish:  Saint Timothy, Chantilly, VA (Arlington Diocese)