Loras College (2014, Media Studies (Television Production))
MA, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Film Production, Athletics, Board Games
I was the anchor of a live news show during the 2012 elections.
My patron is Saint Francis of Assissi, and my favorite is Therese of Liseux
This word has become my vocation story because in the same way I grew in my understanding of this word, I grew in my understanding of how I am to live my vocation.
For most of my life “love” was a word that my classmates tried to live but couldn’t. I saw short-lived relationships that ended because one or both persons could not grasp the fullness of love. I started thinking that love couldn’t happen for someone my age and that it was something to be pursued later in life. College was a culture shock, not for a lack of love, because I met people who were getting engaged, I met faculty who actually cared about the problems their students were going through, and I met men who loved the Church.
All these examples of genuine love made me reconsider my former paradigms on love and by their witnesses I felt moved to figure out for myself how I was meant to love others with my whole life. My closest friends in college were each pursuing this same goal in a variety of ways and pushed me to grow where I was weak or lacking in my relationship with Christ.
It ultimately came down to my understanding of that relationship with Christ that would draw me to the priesthood. I was a teacher for the Diocese’s Totus Tuus catechetical program and there I lived a priestly sort of lifestyle. One where I lived all hours of the day for others: the kids, the teens, the families, the volunteers, and most importantly Christ. Our day was focused around Mass and prayer. I understood love better in the 3 summers I served on Totus Tuus then most of my life. I knew I couldn’t ignore these experiences, my life had a great potential now.
Love drew me to the priesthood, but I’ve got a lot more to learn about Love (God) and I know my time in seminary will help me grow even more in love.
Bringing people God’s love through the Eucharist!
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That God would grant me the strength I need to fulfill the tasks expected of a seminarian and that I have greater trust.