Matthew Himes

What were you doing before you entered seminary?

I graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Spring 2011. After college, I taught for two years in Brighton, Massachusetts (outside of Boston). I taught fourth grade at a wonderful, Catholic, K-8 elementary school. I participated in a two year volunteer teaching program called the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps (UCTC). It is a corps of teachers who live together In a former convent and study towards a Masters degree in education at Boston College. We strived to grow in community, simplicity, spirituality, and ministry as teachers and as individuals. I met wonderful people while in Boston. It was an awesome experience and was a great opportunity to discern God’s will for my life.

What is one thing that attracts you to the priesthood?

The first thing that comes to mind when reflecting on the priesthood is the ability to be open to and serve God’s people as a minister of Christ’s love through the sacraments and pastoral care. It’s incredible to reflect on the beauty of the ministry of a priest and the ability the priest has to be fully open to God’s grace not only to share it, but to receive it from others. From my experiences I have discovered a deep call to serve others radically and more Christ-like. This seed is continuing to grow throughout my discernment and has allowed me to strive to grow in humility every day. Through the priesthood, one thing I am attracted to is the ability to walk with, and help guide others, in a unique way, on our journey to salvation.

Favorite Scripture Passage

My favorite saint is Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Her radical love for Christ and her perseverance through deep challenges in her spiritual life have given me great encouragement, and a deeper understanding of suffering, as I have grown in my faith. Mother Teresa’s focus on charity and love for others based on their inherent dignity have provided me with a vision for the simplistic, Christ-like love we must share with one another in order to build up the kingdom! Mother Teresa’s simplistic love reflects another favorite saint of mine, Saint Francis of Assisi and draws it’s source from the Eucharist which she had a great devotion to and from which she acquired the grace needed to live out Christ’s mission in her ministry.

“God has created us for great things: to love and offer love, to experience tenderness toward others, as He did, and know how to offer Jesus to others. People are not hungry for us, they are hungry for God” – Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta