University of Idaho (Civil Engineering)
English and Spanish
Reading, Ultimate Frisbee, Movies
Oldest of 8 children
St. Thomas Aquinas
I was very blessed to have grown up in a Catholic family. Both of my parents are active Catholics in the Church. I am the oldest of 8 children, so there wasn’t and isn’t ever a dull moment in our household. Growing up Catholic, I think the priesthood was always an option in the back of my mind, but something I never spent much time thinking about. As I got older, the idea became more of a reality, but I always pushed the idea to the back of my mind and focused on my immediate scholastic goals.
I attend the University of Idaho for Civil Engineering and was very involved with the Newman center there. During this period, the notion of the priesthood came up again, but again I pushed the thought aside until I finished school and got my degree. Upon graduating college, I was fortunate enough to receive a job offer a month before graduation, and so decided to pursue the opportunity in front of me. I wanted to pay off my student loans and explore my chosen field before even considering a priestly vocation.
For the next four years I worked as a engineer at the engineering firm of HLA Inc., in Yakima, Washington. It was a great opportunity for me and a wonderful learning environment. I was blessed with supportive co-workers who truly wanted me to succeed. However, there was still always this feeling that something was missing.
Finally, by the grace of God, and after much prayer and discernment, I reached out to my local bishop and sent in my application. I was accepted, and shortly thereafter, I applied to Mundelein Seminary and started in Pre-Theology 1 in the fall of 2017.
For me, the priesthood represents an opportunity to commit my entire life to God and the Church. As a Catholic priest, I can focus solely on serving God through the gift of Celibacy. Celibacy is an opportunity to dedicate my purpose to the Church in the footsteps of our Lord. I have tried dating and living my life as a lay person. However, in my relationships and in my job, there was always something missing, some sense of purpose that I didn’t feel. I excelled in my job, and could have easily made it a career, but I never felt at peace. I dated some amazing women, but none of the relationships made me feel fulfilled. I believe that as a priest I would be serving a higher calling, not in the sense that I would be better, but in that in God and the Church I could find no better purpose to devote my life to. Please keep me in your prayers as I continue my journey.
Being able to share with people the grace of the Sacraments.
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Pray that I can continue to listen to the voice of God in my vocation. That I can be aware of what He is calling me towards and have the strength to respond to His call.