Hometown: New Palestine, IN
Year in Formation: Temporarily Professed – 2nd Year in Vows
High School: Cathedral High School (Indianapolis, IN), 2014
College: Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), 2018
College Major: General Management
Previous Jobs: Business Development Representative for my COI
Patron Saint: St. John Paul II is my patron saint because of the hope and inspiration he brought my family and the Polish people. He united Poland through the Catholic faith to overthrow the Communist government.
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings triology, The Shawshank Redemption, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Favorite Music: The Knocks, Kygo, Galantis, Martin Solveig, Hillsong Young & Free, Local Sound
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, weightlifting, camping, drinking good coffee, being outdoors
Ways that you resonate with the Holy Cross charism, “Educators in the Faith”: The charism “Educators in the Faith” resonates with me from my time at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at Purdue. The Dominicans there showed me what it means to share and live the faith. Of course, they did so in their preaching, but I was inspired by the way they lived their lives as holy men and inspired me to strive to do the same.
One aspect of Holy Cross spirituality that speaks to you the most and why: The life and spirituality of St. André Bessette speaks most to me in Holy Cross. I first witnessed the work God called him to do by seeing all of the canes and crutches around St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal during a pilgrimage in high school. He was a humble man that God used to heal people physically and spiritually, despite his poor health. He avoided publicity, but whenever he was asked about his work, he gave all of the credit to God through the intercession of St. Joseph. St. André Bessette’s life not only sparked my curiosity about the Congregation of Holy Cross but also the life of St. Joseph.
Favorite Quote: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – St. Mother Teresa
Favorite Bl. Basil or St. André Quote: “Thank the Good Lord for testing your faith through adversity. If this happens to you, you are lucky indeed. If people could appreciate the true value of suffering, they would call for it on their knees… The slightest earthly suffering is rewarded a thousand times over in heaven. If people only realized this, they would fall to their knees and ask to be tried.” – St. André Bessette