Hometown: Johns Creek, Georgia
Year in Formation: Sophomore
College: University of Notre Dame
College Major: Business and Philosophy
Previous Jobs: I started/ran my own lawn business throughout middle and high school.
Patron Saint: St. John Vianney
Favorite Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire, World War Z, Inception, Happy Gilmore
Favorite Books: Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Philippe, Proof of Heaven by Ben Alexander, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Favorite Music: AJR, Why Don’t We, Jonas Brothers
Hobbies: Golf, volleyball, watching TV shows and movies with friends, Survivor
Most Memorable Prayer/Liturgy you have Attended: The National Prayer Vigil for Life Mass in D.C. because we were able to sit in the choir among hundreds of other seminarians.
Place of Pilgrimage you Most Want to Visit and why: Lourdes, France because it is home to one of the most famous Marian apparitions. I have also grown in devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Favorite Way to Pray: The Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours
Favorite Devotion: The Rosary
What drew you to Holy Cross? The strong community and brotherhood between priests and brothers
Your Vocation Story: I began discerning the priesthood in high school. After a back-and-forth considering entering seminary after high school, I decided I would wait and simply go to college first. However, I got a flyer in the mail about the Summer Seminary Immersion Program (SSIP), which is a summer program for high schoolers hosted by the Congregation of Holy Cross. I had never heard of Holy Cross, but it being at Notre Dame attracted me to it, and it provided me an opportunity to continue discerning the priesthood. After attending this two-week program, I fell in love with the community and decided to apply for Old College Undergraduate Seminary. Getting to enjoy a full college experience and enter seminary at the same time was a best-of-both-worlds scenario.
Favorite Verse: “Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Favorite Quote: “Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve You as You deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for reward – except to know that I am doing Your will.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola
How can visitors to this page pray for you? Those visiting this page, if curious, can pray for me by praying for my discernment of the priesthood.