Diocese of Jefferson City

Class: Propaedeutic

Diocese: Jefferson City

Hometown: St. Patrick, Rolla

Home Parish: Rolla, MO


My vocation begins in high school after attending a Catholic summer camp and learning the Liturgy of the Hours, which remained a part of my life for the next few years. I witnessed the lives of priests I knew in a more profound way during the week of camp, sparking an attraction to the priesthood in me. I did not know how to answer the call, however, and did not pursue any course of action until my first year of college, when I spoke with my vocations director and told him about my ongoing attraction and decided to enter seminary.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

For gold is tested in the fire, and worthy men in the furnace of humiliation.” – Sirach 2:5

Fun Fact

I shot a deer with my bow out of my bedroom window.