St. Isaac Jogues Church
University of St. Thomas (St. John Vianney College Seminary) (Philosophy & Catholic Studies Minor)
I served as a youth minister for 3 years before entering Mundelein Seminary.
Long distance running, boxing, writing & playing music, and board games with friends
I have had a number of encounters with holy men and women who have the gift of reading souls, which is an astounding manifestation of the love of the Holy Spirit.
My favorite patrons are Ss. Therese of Lisieux, Padre Pio, & Thomas Aquinas
I carry a special reverence and devotion to the Name of Jesus and am a part of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity.
I felt the call to priesthood at the young age of 5, though upon reaching junior high I began to dismiss the idea of such a path and began growing apart from God. Throughout high school the thought continued to follow me along with God’s own providence. On our senior Kairos retreat in high school I had an encounter with the love of God that prompted me to prostrate myself on the floor in surrender to Jesus with a willingness to do whatever He might ask of me, and He began to hint once again that this was priesthood. A number of trials and subsequent mistakes began to weigh on me at this time, and by the Lord’s loving grace I was continually drawn to both fasting and to being alone with Him in our high school chapel in off-time everyday in study halls and occasional lunch periods. I was eventually led to the sacrament of confession and gave all the ugliness of my sin to Jesus, only to have the priest remark to my surprise afterwards, “Tom, I think you have a vocation to the priesthood.”
Months later, on entering college, I began to seriously discern this invitation of Christ, and I fell in love with the Eucharist and His Bride, the Church before heading on to college seminary. I did take some time away from the seminary to discern more deeply the way of life to which Christ was calling me and worked as a youth minister in my diocese for a couple years before returning to formation at Mundelein. I could not be happier pursuing this vocation in the service of the Jesus and the Church, and I ask you to pray for myself and all of our seminarians that would be perpetual witnesses to His mercy and love, especially in confession and His real presence in the Eucharist!
Being Jesus’ instrument of mercy in the distribution of Eucharist, hearing confessions, and preaching for renewed conversion.
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Pray for my family and all who helped to get me here; and please remember to ask our Lord to make me fall more deeply in love with Him every day.