Dillon BruceThird Theology
Pontifical North American College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
I am the oldest of three sons. I was raised in Stuarts Draft, Virginia and graduated from Stuarts Draft High School in 2012.
After high school, I set out to fulfill my plans to become an engineer by attending Virginia Tech as a Mechanical Engineering Major, but little did I know that God would have such a different and wonderful path for me to follow.
As a Catholic Hokie, I was very active in the Newman Community at Virginia Tech. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by other people my age who loved the Catholic faith. I became very involved in the outreach and service opportunities provided by the Newman Community. I first felt Christ beginning to tug my heart towards the priesthood during a spring break service trip to Mound Bayou, Mississippi of my freshman year.
The service opportunities made me realize that, perhaps, I have the heart to be a priest and serve Jesus’s flock. However, I tried to push that calling off, still focused on obtaining an engineering degree. However, with the influence good friends and the opportunities provided by the Newman Community, Christ never let up on calling me. Eventually, one night, at the beginning of my sophomore year, as I was praying before Our Lord in the Newman house chapel, I realized that engineering was not what was going to make me happy, but following God’s will was.
After some further discernment and spiritual direction, I decided that God was calling me to leave Virginia Tech and enter seminary. I started my first year of formation in the Fall of 2014 at Saint John Paul II Seminary. In 2017 I graduated with a bachelors in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and was asked by the bishop to study theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
I am so amazed at what God has already done with my life, and I pray that He will do likewise with many other men in our diocese!