I graduated from Calvert Hall in 2002. I worked in the Maryland seafood industry for years, managing and operating two local market and wholesale companies. I gained invaluable experience in the business world, but knew that continuing my education was essential for true growth. I enrolled at Loyola University Maryland, and studied economics before recognizing the pull of the humanities. I spent the rest of my college years studying philosophy and literature, and discerning my vocation in life. I graduated from Loyola in December 2013 and committed to further discernment from within seminary the following month.
What attracts me to the priesthood is the opportunity to serve. We are created in the image and likeness of our Creator, and therefore the life of a priest is a life spent in service to the spiritual and material needs of all God’s people through our Holy Church. A priest ministers to and serves the most fundamental needs of the human person. All possess a particular vocation; all are called to a life of service before God and peer. But I do feel particularly blessed through this summons to consider serving as a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Behind the altar at the Venerable English College in Rome hangs “The Martyrs Picture” by Durante Alberti. A banner scrolls across the legs of a crucified Christ and is inscribed: “Ignem veni mittere in terram” (Lk 12:49). “I have come to bring fire to the earth”. These are words I often think of and pray over. The nature and the purpose and the mission of Jesus Christ is completely radical. The Incarnation wholly alters the course of human history. These words from Luke’s Gospel help to remind of exactly what it is that Christ accomplished through His sacrifice, and what that sacrifice demands of each of us.