Saint Charles Borromeo
Ferris State University (2016, Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology (AAS), Plastics Engineering Technology (BS))
Philosophy and Religion (MA)
Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Kayaking, Fishing, anything with an engine, and most things outdoors.
I went on a fishing trip in Canada this past summer as a graduation gift from my parents, and we hopped on a float plane to land on a lake only accessible by air for a week. Greatest trip of my life!
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
I suppose I first thought of priesthood somewhere between 1st and 3rd grade, but hadn’t given it much thought. Around 5th grade, a new priest was assigned to our parish, Father Phil Salmonowicz, and he was one of the first people to really push me to become the best version of myself through the riches of the Catholic church. I began going to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation more frequently than once a year, and began to Altar Serve. After a year of Father Phil being at my parish, he asked me if I had ever considered the priesthood because he could see something in me which pointed towards the priesthood. This promptly made me do some research on the priesthood, at which point I found out that priests lived a celibate life. I then dismissed the idea of priesthood because I did, and still do, desire marriage and to have a family.
Although I was getting more involved in the church, my involvement kind of flat-lined because deep down, I didn’t believe. I thought that the Catholic Church and what she preaches was fine and dandy, but it was just a story; Something to do on the weekends. It wasn’t until 2008-2009, where I lost my Grandfather, my Great Uncle, my best friend from elementary school, and my dog all in just under one year. Specifically when my Grandfather and Great Uncle passed away, my family and I spent more time at the church than usual, for the funeral and the like. I experienced healing from the church but didn’t know why, because to me, it was just a story. When my best friend from elementary school passed away, they announced it at my public high school. After a couple of hours of trying to gather my thoughts, the thing I kept on hearing was “go to church”. Confused, and not having a drivers license, I called my Grandmother and she took me to the church. On a Wednesday afternoon, our church is not open, but for some reason on that day it was. After kneeling in the church and praying for some time, a worker who knew me, noticed that something was wrong and asked me if I wanted to talk with Father Phil, which I did.
After experiencing yet more healing and attending a NET retreat, my eyes were opened to the Truth which the Catholic Church teaches; that this story is actually true and happened and is still happening. I got more involved with my youth group, and ended up leading it as a part of the Peer Ministry team my senior year. I went to college in the fall of 2012, and really started to try to live my faith. In 2013 two priests were assigned to the parish at Ferris, one of whom was newly ordained from Mundelein. That year I began to get involved with the Newman Center.
One cool February night in Eucharistic Adoration, I remember praying something to the effect of “God, I do not know what you want me to do, but whatever it is, I’ll do it,” I then heard Christ speak to me in a whisper where I heard “priest or priesthood.” I tried to push it out of my mind for several weeks but I could not do so. I asked my priest what this means for me, and we continued to chat about what was happening in my heart over the next few years, eventually becoming spiritual direction.
Towards my senior year at Ferris State University, I ended up at a “Y” in the road of my life. I could go into the industry I studied for and truly enjoy, and in doing so ignore the call I had received by God, or I could go to Seminary to find my Vocation. After much discernment I decided if not now, then when, and decided to go to the Seminary to find my Vocation. Ultimately, I still do not know what my vocation is, but I am here to find out!
Celebrating the Eucharist, and celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation.
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To pray for clarity in my discernment process. In today’s world we are surrounded by so much noise, that it is difficult to clearly discern when God speaks.