Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Class: Freshman

Archdiocese: Galveston-Houston

Hometown: Magnolia, TX

Home Parish: St. Mary, Plantersville

JOHN PAUL ELLWANGER

My vocation story started my junior year of high school. The reason being is that I lived a very busy and distracted lifestyle in high school so when everything was canceled and/or shut down, due to COVID, I had the chance to spend more time in prayer. There was about a week straight that I could feel this overwhelming sense of peace and then it would end with the thought of the priesthood. This continued every time I would pray. Fast-forwarding, I began spiritual direction to  receive affirmation and clarification and before I knew it I arrived here at HTS.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

The backside of the cross is empty. It is for you.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

Fun Fact

I went to a homeschool co-op that my mom started called Holy Trinity.