Diocese of Nashville

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Home Parish: The Church of the Assumption

Ryan Burbage

I was interested in seminary at a young age, wanting to be a priest on Sunday and WWE wrestler on Wednesday.  Unfortunately, the latter hasn’t exactly panned out.  I began to lose interest in my vocation as I drifted away from the faith in high school.  Thankfully, I had amazing family, friends and mentors that never abandoned me.  In my junior year, I had an encounter with Jesus during adoration where I felt the love I had been starving for.  I decided to put my trust in that beautiful love and to follow it wherever it leads me.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

“A saint is a sinner that keeps trying.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

Fun Fact

The first thing I wore after I was born was a Notre Dame football jersey, and I was subsequently baptized at Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.