1st year at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore
Birthplace/date: Lebanon, Pa.,
Oct. 2, 1968
Home parish: Corpus Christi, Lexington; parents recently moved to Sacred Heart, Gaffney
Family: mom; dad; brother, Mike; sister-in-law, Veronica
Favorite aspect of seminary: I get to learn more about my faith and myself.
Most difficult aspect: The transition from being independent, out working, to living in a house with 90 guys.
3 people you would like to meet: Holy Father, Blessed Mother, Pope John XXIII
Who/what inspired your vocation: the Blessed Mother; I didn’t realize I had a vocation until I got involved with the Legion of Mary at Corpus Christi. And the example of Father (Jerome) Schwab.
What do you do for stress relief: I try to walk, run, or lift weights every day or hang out with the guys.
What was your occupation: I worked for Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Co.
If you were stuck in a bell tower, what 3 things would you want: A case of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, the Liturgy of the Hours, pictures of my family
Do you think the seminary will adequately prepare you for the priesthoood: It will do a good job preparing me, but, as I understand it, the real experience comes when you get out.
If you had 3 wishes: 1) Everyone would respond to the call of God, in whatever capacity it may be. 2) I could always be helpful to others. 3) Eat as many peanut butter cups as I want without gaining a pound.
Biggest fear: Right now, it’s that I will in some way not do what God wants me to do with my life.
What did you want to be as a kid: a lawyer, history teacher; I never thought about the priesthood.
If you could be a patron saint, what would it be of: people who are discerning God’s will, people who feel lost