The first time I thought about the priesthood was when I was a freshman in high school. I was on a mission/service trip to Rochester, NY. On that trip, I was told that I would make a good priest. At the time that idea scared me, as I was just starting to enter into my faith and practice it. Nonetheless, the idea scared me so I ran away from that idea in high school. While I was running away from the Lord I was having a slow but continual conversion of heart. My senior year of high school rolled around and I was planning on going to UW-Milwaukee to study Information Technology. Through conversations with the Vocations Office, I was asked to move into the JPII house at St. Roberts Parish in Shorewood during my year of study at UWM. During that year I fell in love with the holy sacrifice of the mass and started the habit of daily prayer. During Duc in Altum (a silent retreat at St. Francis de Sales Seminary), it was clear that it was the right time for me to apply to the seminary.
In seminary, we have a lot of time to reflect and pray. This year especially, I have been able to reflect on my time here at IHM. It has been a great time of prayer, fraternity, and study. Over my time in seminary, I have been able to grow in a deeper relationship with the Lord and get closer to His Sacred Heart. The relationships that have been formed here have helped me in my formation journey to become a better man striving after a virtuous life. Thank you to all of our benefactors that have made this time here at IHM seminary possible!