Holy Family Catholic Parish
University of Saint Thomas (2013, Philosophy and Catholic Studies)
Bachelors in Sacred Theology
I love to play and watch sports. I grew up playing soccer, basketball and tennis and currently still play them recreationally. I also am a major coffee junkie. So, I enjoy making coffee and learning new ways to brew coffee (i.e. cold brew, french press, aero press etc). I also enjoy reading and blogging in my free time. Finally, I grew in a family that played a lot of board games and cards. So, one of the most relaxing things for me to do is to hang out with family and friends while playing cards.
My love for basketball in my youth was extreme. When I was in middle school I believed that I would be the next great Detroit Pistons guard. Almost every day after school the first thing I would do is shoot 500 free throws. I would end my shooting practice by practicing several buzzer beater plays as if I was actually Chauncey Billups (the PG who led the Pistons to an NBA championship in 2004).
I have two favorite/patron saints. I was named after my Dad's favorite Saints; Saint Stephen (the first Martyr) and Saint John (the beloved disciple). I am one of four children in my family and the only one specifically named after Saints. My Dad said his prayer was that I grow up to be a man of courage like St. Stephen and to be man of profound love as St. John the Apostle.
These words from Saint Paul are very important for me. Saint Paul writes to Timothy, pray for each other because this is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved. Jesus was sent by the Father to bring us back into a loving relationship with our Heavenly Father, and so, God sends us to bring people to Christ, so that all people can come to know of God’s saving love in their lives. Very simply, this explains why I desire to be a priest.
I look forward most to being with people. I have encountered Christ in so many that I have ministered and I look forward to being a window to Christ’s love for others.
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Please pray for perseverance. I am a deacon who will be ordained this year. When it is all over it will have been 7 years of priestly formation. I am here definitely because I have been lifted up in prayer by so many. When studies are tough and the daily grind gets difficult the prayers of the people of God get us through – but it also gives a purpose. To be formed into good and holy priests for all of you- the people of God.