Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Class: Pre-Theology I

Archdiocese: Galveston-Houston

Hometown: Houston, TX

Home Parish: St. Teresa, Sugar Land

THEODORE RICHARD BIRKOFER

I thank God, and my parents, for two things: I was born a Roman Catholic and a Houston Astros fan. I’ve also been blessed to live in Houston my whole life, attending parochial school growing up and then Houston’s premier all-boys catholic high school: St. Thomas. I spent the last four years at a small liberal arts college in Michigan called Hillsdale College, which has been, until seminary at least, the highlight of my life. I graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. It was at Hillsdale, being away from home for the first time, that I really grew in the faith. During this growth I sensed the Lord calling me to something great, as indeed He calls all of us to do great things, but in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament I realized that He might be calling me to the priesthood, and, to that end, I have followed Him to seminary to discern this calling further.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

“Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my thoughts. See if there is a wicked path in me; lead me along an ancient path.” – Psalm 139:23-24

Fun Fact

I have visited 19 different countries.