Seminary: Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC
Birthdate: August 27
Home Parish: St. Mary Magdalene
High School: Holly Springs High School, Holly Springs, NC
Hobbies: Video games, Frisbee golf, Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, camping, fishing, and motorsports
Who influenced / inspired you to priesthood? My grandmother, my parents, Fr. Ian Van Heusen, Fr. Phil Tighe, Fr. Fernando Torres, my pastor Fr. Donald Staib, and my youth ministers, Liz Sams and Janine McGann.
What would you say to a young man who thinks he may have a vocation? Do not keep it to yourself. Let your parents and pastor know. You will not lose anything by entering the seminary. It's a place where you can grow in your faith and discern God's will for you and your vocation. As Saint Pope John Paul II said, "Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep end and let down your nets for a catch." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, "The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!"
Favorite Scripture Passages: "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13
Favorite Saint: St. Thomas More