Educational Experience: I attended grade school at the parish school of Saint Peter where I grew up. I then attended High School at Saint Thomas Aquinas in Louisville, where I graduated in 2007. I received my Bachelor of the Arts degree in Theology from Walsh University in North Canton in 2015.
Work Experience: For ten years (2005-2015), I worked at The Pizza Oven in Canton and Louisville, where I served as a manager for seven of those years.
Favorite Saints: Saint Peter and Saint Thomas Aquinas. Saint Peter, the first Pope, is a saint for all people. In the Gospels, he is portrayed as the guy that cannot quite seem to get it right. Moving from one situation to another, he is constantly having to seek the charity, clarity and love of Christ until he finally ‘gets it’ with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is the person that Christ chose to lead His Church. Peter’s story offers hope to all people for conversion and growth in holiness. Saint Thomas Aquinas is a titan in the field of theology and philosophy; the Angelic Doctor is the patron of theologians, students and universities. The Church owes a lot of its understanding of the faith to Aquinas and I am a student of Aquinas’ thinking and works.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading and socializing with friends.
Family Background: My father is a supervisor for UPS, where he has worked for the past 27 years. My mother stays at home where she is raising the younger six of my seven siblings, who range in age from 24 to 10. My sister works and raises my young nephew and niece, my brother attends Canton Central Catholic High School and my four younger sisters and brother attend Plain Local Schools in Stark County.
What led you to consider the priesthood: My home pastor planted the seed in my mind when I was in the 5th Grade; however it was not until after high school that I serious considered the thought. After wandering in college for a few years, with the encouragement of my friends and the example of a few holy and great priests, I realized that I had to be open to the movement of the Spirit in my life. The pull of the sacramental life of the Church on my heart was too great until I committed to discerning the will of God in seminary formation.
Favorite thing about Seminary Life: The greatest thing about being in seminary is the fraternity. All of us are committed to and working towards the same goal: discerning the will of God. Whether it is in larger social gatherings, downtime in between classes or walking laps around the building, the community of the seminary is a large and understanding support system for formation. They are going through the same things that I am and are always willing to offer their advice and help whenever it is needed.
Advice for guys considering Priesthood: The leap to committing to priestly formation can be a trying and anxious time in a guy’s life. This I completely understand. The best advice I can give is not necessarily my own. I will leave you guys with two quotes, the first from Saint John Paul II and the second from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (John Paul II) and “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” (Benedict XVI) Have courage and always be open to the work of Jesus Christ in your lives so that you may come to serve God and the People of God in all you do.