Thanks for stopping by our site. I have formerly served as the Director of Seminarians for our Diocese, and am currently a member of the Diocese of Jefferson City Vocations Committee. Currently, I serve as the pastor of St. Patrick in Rolla, MO.
I grew up in a Catholic family, in a small Catholic rural community. My path to the priesthood was more “subtle” than some– from the time I was in 5th grade, I was “interested” in priesthood (even though at the time, I really didn’t know a lot about it!) In fact, by the time I was in 7th grade I REALLY wanted to go the high school seminary – not that I had myself ordained already or was rushing anything — but I naively thought that after you went there, you were ordained a priest! Of course, I quickly learned that there were also four years of college and four years of graduate school (Theology). I spent twelve consecutive academic years in the seminary. There were times that I wasn’t “sure,” and times where (in hindsight I would call it selfishness) I really wanted to leave – but overall, it always came back to this indescribable sense that God was calling me to be a priest, and (at the end of the day) that was what always brought the most peace!
After those twelve years, having entered just after my 14th birthday, I was ordained a priest for our diocese at the age of 25, on April 25, 1998. I have hobbies and interests similar to an average guy: I like computers, hunting, sports (especially footbag), playing music (I learned to play guitar in High School, and piano/pipe organ in college), and have been involved in musicals on and off since high school, just to name a few. I’ve had six different assignments and served regularly in thirteen different parishes and three Catholic Newman centers over the years. It has been and continues to be a most amazing journey both in parish ministry as well as walking with the men who are trying to hear and follow God’s will. As with any vocation, there are difficult days, but just as in my discernment in those years in the seminary, at the end of the day serving Christ and the Church is what brings peace and joy to my life! I hope as you look through this site, you are inspired to discover and follow more faithfully whatever God is calling YOU to do and be in this world – God’s plan for us is infinitely greater than our own!