Diocese of Austin

Class: Pre-Theology II

Diocese: Austin

Hometown: College Station, TX

Home Parish: St. Mary’s Catholic Center, College Station

MICHAEL JEFFREY RHODES

Before entering seminary I spent 11 years in the restaurant management business.  I would have classified myself as a non-practicing Christian.  Questions about Mary’s role in the Catholic Church always kept me away.  One evening I pulled a rosary that my grandmother had given me out of my desk drawer and began researching our Blessed Mother’s role in the Church.  Our Blessed Mother led me to the teaching on the real presence of the Eucharist.  I’m living proof that Mary leads us to her son, Jesus Christ.  My heart felt called to the priesthood at the first Mass I attended after I found out about the Eucharist.  At that Mass, for the first time in my life, I knew why I was kneeling at consecration.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

“He has put into my heart a marvelous love for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.” – Psalm 16

Fun Fact

I enjoy coffee, fountain pens, and writing letters.