William Buckley

Pastoral Year

Theological College
University of Richmond


I was born on Long Island, NY, and spent the majority of my childhood living in a town called Rockville Centre. However, after graduating from high school, I decided to attend the University of Richmond, where I studied piano performance. During my four years of college, I became involved in the Catholic community on campus through playing piano and singing at Mass, which helped open my mind to the possibility of a career in liturgical music. I also began to grow fond of Richmond and considered staying here after graduating. Although I lived in Long Island immediately after my graduation in 2014, an opportunity to return to Richmond came up a year later, when I began my first full-time job as an assistant music minister at Saint Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond.

It was during this time at Saint Bridget when I experienced dramatic growth in my faith and first felt distinctly called to the priesthood. Although I tried to ignore this vocation for a while, I eventually opened my heart, by God’s grace, to the possibility of applying for seminary for the Diocese of Richmond. In the fall of 2017, I began my formation at Theological College in Washington, DC. After three years at Theological College, I am now assigned to Our Lady of Nazareth in Roanoke, VA for my pastoral year. God’s providence is truly amazing and I’m excited to grow ever closer to Him and to participate in His work in the world. Thank you for your prayerful support of me and my brother seminarians!

  • Favorite Saint: St. James the Greater
  • Favorite Book: The Bible
  • Home Parish: Saint Bridget, Richmond, VA