Joseph Kauflin

Third Theology

Theological College
Old Dominion University

Greetings!  My name is Joe Kauflin and I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA.  I attended public school from kindergarten-12th grade and graduated from Salem High School in 2007.  I continued my education at Old Dominion University, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Counseling, with a minor in Psychology.  My discernment to the priesthood unofficially started in high school, when faith really became a priority, thanks in large part to involvement with my parish youth group at Church of the Ascension.  From there, my journey took many twists and turns, none of which I really thought would end up in the seminary.  However, after a little over three years of living in Comayagua, Honduras—two as a lay missionary with the Missioners of Christ and one as a first-grade teacher at a bilingual school—I discerned that the Lord was in fact calling me to formally enter discernment/formation for the Diocese of Richmond.  I am very much looking forward to this walk with the Lord and discerning His holy will for my life!


  • Favorite Book: Interior Freedom, Father Jacques Philippe
  • Favorite Saint: Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Josephine Bakhita
  • Home Parish: Holy Spirit, Virginia Beach