St. George, Tinley Park
Loyola University Chicago (B.B.A. Marketing)
Air Assault and Medical Evacuation Helicopter Pilot in the Illinois Army National Guard
Metal Detecting, Sailing, Brewing Beer
I am a licensed scuba diver.
Contemplating the Passion and the recitation of Rosary
I am a convert to Catholicism from the Dutch/Christian Reformed Church. After leaving the faith for a few years I was brought back to belief in God through an interest in St. Thomas Aquinas and his five ways. After reuniting with a college buddy who had a reversion back to Catholicism I was introduced to the work of Bp. Robert Barron and the Word on Fire ministry as well as Lighthouse Catholic Media. My interest in Catholicism was gaining but it wasn’t until I listened to a talk by Peter Kreeft on “Seven Reasons to Become Catholic” that I had made the personal choice to follow God rather than it just be a subject of research.
When I was in RCIA at St. George I answered a question in a small group at a “Lenten Soup and Theology” meeting. Someone spoke up and asked if I was a seminarian. I was a bit puzzled because I wasn’t even confirmed yet but she thought I was a seminarian. The mere suggestion of it had such a profound impact on me that I called the Vocations Director two weeks later and attended the next Exploring Priesthood Weekend at the Seminary. Once I came to Mundelein I immediately fell in love with it. I worked for a few more years before going to seminary and in that time I lived at the House of Discernment and was in the Insearch discernment program. I continued to develop my love for the Sacraments and the teachings of the Church. I also became very interested in the other rites of the Catholic Church and really enjoy the incredible liturgies of the other traditions. Priesthood felt like a very natural thing to go into and it seems something that I feel very comfortable with. Above that though is a profound love for the Church that Christ established and the desire to serve God. I felt that Church isn’t just a thing to attend but a part of my being, the core of the self. I identify a lot as being part of the Church and want to serve it in a radical capacity. It was in the calling to priesthood that I found where I think I can best serve God.
Providing the sacraments to God’s people and providing spiritual leadership and guidance as a Parish Priest.
|What has been your favorite/most memorable story of your time at Mundelein thus far?||
One of the first impressions I had of Mundelein was when I visited during an Exploring Priesthood Weekend. I was very surprised to see so many seminarians who had previously worked in professional careers who gave it all up to follow God and minister to his people. That sentiment continues to this day. I am constantly amazed at the wealth of experience that each seminarian brings to the community and their incredible stories.
|How can Mundelein's donors and community pray for you?||
Mundelein has four pillars of formation (Human, Pastoral, Spiritual, and Intellectual). A prayer for development and embodiment of these pillars in shaping us to be Priests of Christ would be most welcome!