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