I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. The summer before my senior year of high school, my father got a job in Jefferson City and the family moved there. My senior year of high school was spent at Helias. After graduation, I attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, receiving degrees in both radio and television communications, and Spanish. I worked in television for many years, shooting video, editing, conducting news interviews, directing newscasts, and operating a live truck for live broadcasts. I very much enjoyed my job and my life. I began wondering what it would be like to be a priest. At first I thought it was just curiosity, but after about two years of thinking about it, I believed God was asking me to be a priest. Within a short time I went to the chancery office and inquired about entering the seminary.
I attended Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri for philosophy. For theology, I attended Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. Both were great experiences. They were both excellent programs and I got the chance to meet some really great people. Not only did the seminary prepare me for the priesthood, but it was actually a lot of fun.
After ordination to the priesthood in 2010, I was assigned to St. Peter Church in Jefferson City. After two years, I was sent to Owensville as pastor of Immaculate Conception in Owensville, and St. Alexander Church in Belle. I also did the Spanish Mass in Cuba. I am presently at Sacred Heart Church in Columbia.
Life can be very interesting. At first glance, it seemed the degrees I earned in Spanish and communications would be left behind, never to be used again. The reality is that God is using both those skills in my priesthood. Communication is obviously essential in the priesthood. On top of that, I do Hispanic ministry, speaking Spanish every single day. We try our best to plan our futures. The amazing thing is that God knows all along what his plan is for us. All we have to do is listen.