Mater Christi (formally St. Catherine of Siena)
SUNY Albany (Anthropology & Journalism)
Anthropology, also at SUNY Albany
Various jobs, including working for a house painting company, the US Census Bureau, and as a cashier and cart-pusher at a supermarket
English (fluent) Italian, Spanish (speak a bit)
Playing soccer, running, learning new languages, watching anime and YouTube
I am an Eagle Scout, my project was building a meditation labyrinth for the local university interfaith center
While I was raised in a loving Italian-American Catholic family, I was not always the best, faithful, or well-behaved child growing up. It was really only in my teenage years that I truly fell in love with the faith thanks to many outstanding individuals including but not limited to my middle school religious ed teacher, my confirmation sponsor, my local parish priest, and my family. By the time I became an adult people around me started noticing and started suggesting the priesthood to me. I still had my own interests and desires, and during senior year of high school I had a crisis of faith, and while I never left the church, I entered a prolonged period of doubt that made me brush off any idea of a vocation.
I had read and watched a few books and documentaries that got me interested in anthropology and going into college I was convinced that was what I wanted to study. It was a great experience, getting to take many interesting classes, traveling, and meeting people, and I liked it so much that after graduating with my B.A. from the local university I would go back soon after for my master’s. It was also in university that I became involved in the Newman Catholic Association, and through participating in events such as mass on campus and community nights I slowly rediscovered my love for the faith and the Church. Anthropology had been a something I was invested in for so long, yet despite making good friends and studying a subject I loved, I still felt as if something was missing. I reached out to the Diocese of Albany’s vocation program, and after a period of discernment I was accepted to go to seminary.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family, friends, brother seminarians, priests, parishioners, and most of all God for the unwavering love and support I have received since I have begun this journey. Being a seminarian has been a true honor and responsibility and I do not take it for granted.