My call to the vocation of the priesthood began with a prayer and a blessing. My prayer was simple, yet within it was the presence of my desire to follow God’s will deeply and with intentionality. Following that prayer were distinct moments that lead me to become a seminarian and enter priestly formation. One moment took place on Good Shepherd Sunday. Upon hearing the homily about vocations and an emphasis on the need for priestly vocations, my reaction was, “That is me; he is speaking to me.” I wanted to stand up and go forward! A few years later my name would be called, and I would stand and say, “Present” and going forward to serve in the sanctuary I would receive the blessing of Candidacy, Lector, Acolyte and be ordained as a Transitional Deacon. Now, after six years of priestly formation, once again hearing my named called I will stand up and go forward to serve at the altar, called out from among the Church, and being found worthy by the Church, I will be ordained a priest of Jesus Christ.
I am looking forward to being member of the presbyterate in my diocese and working together with them in ministering to the faithful as well as working with the faithful to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our words and actions to others.
|What has been your favorite/most memorable story of your time at Mundelein thus far?||
There have been some memorable moments while here at Mundelein. For me, the pilgrimage to the Holy Land with my classmates was my favorite memorable moment. I really enjoyed this time growing in brotherhood as we walked the steps of Jesus and both prayed and studied and prepared to receive Holy Orders.
|How can Mundelein's donors and community pray for you?||
Pray, that through the intercession of the Holy Family, my priesthood will be an instrument of the Lord for everyone I minister to so that they may have the joy, love, mercy, and everlasting life the Lord Jesus Christ has promised to all who repent and believe in him and live according to the Gospel.