Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, WA
The first time I heard God calling me to the priesthood was in a very powerful way during Adoration of the Holy Eucharist. I was at an XLT night where we prayed in Adoration and received the sacrament of Reconciliation. I was with someone who had been struggling with faith his whole life and Satan had a strong hold on him. He got up and went to Confession, which was already amazing enough for him to do. Then, I saw him come back and start crying in Adoration in front of our Lord. He opened up his heart to God that night and the Holy Spirit came rushing in to bring him back to God. I was overcome with such joy from witnessing that, that I started to laugh a little bit. Then, I began to pray in front of our Lord and He opened up the idea of the priesthood to me. Everything became clear. People have always told me that they see me as being a good priest, but I never understood why until that night. The calling to the priesthood has only grown since that night and still continues to grow even stronger.
I’ve been blessed to have been raised in an amazing Catholic family who have always encouraged me to pray more and do God’s will. Because of the Catholic environment I grew up in, I have always had a very close relationship with God and I love spending time with Him and talking to Him. That’s why I have gone to youth group my whole life, altar served my whole life, and gone to as many retreats as possible. The best retreats for me to go on were the Quo Vadis Days men’s retreat in the summer and the Steubenville conferences, which always brought me back to my Heavenly Father’s arms and really strengthened my relationship with Him. I attended the Archbishop’s Annual Discernment Retreat my senior year and it made me realize that this attraction, this calling to the priesthood, won’t become any more clear until I enter Seminary to discern God’s will for my life.
The stronger my relationship with our God has become, the more I understand how much I love to see people come back to our Lord. A life where my job would be to say Mass and bring people to the Sacraments and to the Eucharist would be so fulfilling. I don’t even think I would miss the fact that priests can’t have children or a wife because the Church and the service of the Church would complete me. When I think of myself striving to become a saint, I picture myself as a priest and realize that the best way for me to get to Heaven and to bring others to Heaven is through the ministry of the priesthood.
I pray that whatever God has planned for me, that I stay open to it and do what is necessary to achieve it. So please pray for us and we’ll continue to pray for all of you.