2017-18: College Senior
St. John Vianney Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
I was raised Methodist but just before I entered my senior year of high school, I wanted to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
When I was in ninth grade, I was reading the Bible every day and talking about God with classmates. I was trying to respond to God's call. My pastor encouraged me to talk to him about my vocation. That was the first time that the idea of being a pastor crossed my mind and I felt inner peace thinking about it. I loved Jesus, wanted to save souls, and be there for people in the joys and sorrows of life.
Two events would greatly impact my vocation forever. The first was the death of my Aunt Sue. It was hard on all of my family but especially my grandparents. I prayed that they might know Jesus and the hope that only He brings.
Another incident happened when my pastor brought me along to visit a parishioner battling cancer in extreme pain. We prayed with him and his family, read scripture. This brought some comfort to him and his wife. I'm sure the Anointing of the Sick would have comforted them even more. From this event, I knew I had to respond to people's suffering. My pastor helped me see that there is grace by simply showing up.
The idea of priesthood began when I decided to convert. My desire to be a priest is rooted in my love of Jesus, Mary, and the Church. Secondly, I want to be persona Christi in the joys and sorrow of life and the Christian life. I want to be there as Christ in times of sickness, death, baptism, the Eucharist, in reconciliation, during weddings, and other events. To be persona Christi is my greatest desire.