Class: Pre-Theology II
Hometown: Irving, TX
Home Parish: Mater Dei, Irving
JOSEPH AUGUSTINE DOUGHERTY
My parents and community helped me to see the truth, richness and beauty of Christ and the faith since my childhood. However, I wasn’t ready to enter seminary when I finished high school: I trusted myself more than I trusted God and wanted to do things my way. That started to change during college and after, thanks to a few things–good friends, a more mature spiritual life, and honestly, coffee. When I started drinking coffee and realized how much it affected my perspective on things, I realized that I had to start trusting God more than myself. I learned that His will and His revelation are more reliable than I am.
Favorite Quote or Bible Verse
“In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet in the way of peace.” – Luke 1:78-79
Around when Hurricanes Harvey and Irma happened, I was working as an insurance adjuster. While driving through Virginia I called my uncle to see if I could spend the night at his house, and I ended up living there for three months.