Home Parish: Holy Trinity, Hudson, NY
Seminary: B.S. Business Economics, State University of New York at Oneonta
Work Experience: Legislative Analyst, New York State Assembly; No-fault Claims Analyst, Metlife
Interests: Hiking, fishing, camping, golf, sports, reading, writing, movies, enjoying time with family and friends.
I suppose it is fitting that I was accepted as a seminarian seven days after the year of Mercy began, due to the fact that I have been a frequent recipient of God’s mercy throughout my life. I was raised Catholic, but I was poorly catechized, and certainly did not always sense a call, or feel an attraction to the Priesthood; the sad fact is, until my junior year of college I had no idea what a vocation was. Like many young people, throughout high school and into college I frequented parties too much, and Mass too little; to use the words of Venerable Fulton Sheen, I preferred the philosophy of “first the feast, then the hangover”, over “first the fast, then the feast.” Despite this, the good God awoke within me a curiosity, and a longing to know Him and His Church – and by knowing these, to know myself. His persistent call, which often fell on deaf ears, was finally heard through the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and I was lead on a journey that has taken me through many Good Fridays, and Easter Sundays.
Since embarking on this adventure, through both highs and lows, I have come to see the gift that all vocations are – Priesthood, Marriage, Religious Life, and Single Life. Each helps us to realize who we were born to be, the love God has for us, and the love we are all capable of giving. Each vocation is a free gift straight from the merciful hands of Christ; none are merited – especially the Priesthood. God generally does not choose the best; in fact, he often chooses the weakest. If God ultimately wills that I be ordained a priest it will not be because I am sinless, but because I am a sinner. That by being a recipient of God’s love and mercy, I may help dispense the same.
“Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much.” – Luke 7:47
“In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possession and human successes, but rather on how well we have loved.” – St. John of the Cross
“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze.” – St. Catherine of Siena