Brian Smith


Education: High School – Central Catholic High School, Canton; College – University of Notre Dame (B.A. Romance Languages and Literatures)

Work Experience: Colegio Nuestra Señora de Andacollo (PreK-12 school in Santiago, Chile, of the Congregation of Holy Cross, where I taught English and worked in campus ministry); Ursuline High School (Spanish teacher)

Favorite Saint: St. Dominic. I admire his example of service to the Church on many levels. He gave us his possessions to help people during a famine, was an ambitious student who put his education to use as a traveling preacher and promoter of Church unity through dialogue, and was a man if deep prayer who lived a simple and austere life.

Hobbies/Interests: Music, Languages, Cooking

Family Background: My parents live in Massillon. My younger brother works in the video game industry in Japan, where he lives with his wife. My youngest brother, who is engaged to be married, works in computer programming and lives in Parma.

What led you to consider the priesthood? The examples of many priests of the Diocese of Youngstown, at Notre Dame, and elsewhere, have showed me the beauty of the priesthood. A growing desire to serve the Church sacramentally and to speak about the Word of God have led me to this place in my vocation journey.

Favorite Thing about Seminary Life: The seminary is a place of intense growth, not just in class but also in fellowship with other seminarians, and most importantly with God in our daily prayer and spiritual life. The strength of the community here has been for me a great encouragement.

Advice to Guys Considering the Priesthood: Most importantly, make time to pray, and not just at Mass. Don’t be afraid to talk about discerning a vocation: with your family, friends, and mentors you trust, including your pastor. It’s often helpful to ask questions, to figure out what the life of a priest is like (if you’re involved in the life of your parish, this is easier), to learn what seminary entails, and then, ultimately, to imagine yourself in that life. God is speaking to you, calling you to some vocation, so put yourself in a place where you can hear.