Year of Study: Pastoral Year, Immaculate Conception Parish, Colville

Home City: Spokane

Home Parish: St. Joseph Parish (Colbert)

What are your interests and hobbies?

Music, Bicycling, Running, Fitness, Hiking, Gardening, Cooking, spending time with family and friends.

Who is your favorite saint and why?

St. Therese of Lisieux – I appreciate how she can see through the false piety of others and hold firm in a quiet simple way, to what she knows to be true.  She doesn’t need to be noticed by others – she needs only to please God.

When did you first start thinking about being a priest? What made you move forward to pursue this vocation?

I first felt called to ministry 27 years ago—before I was even Catholic—and it never really went away. While preparing for what I thought was my true calling, my journey led me to begin teaching in Catholic schools, which I did for many years. I came into full communion with the Church, suffered the loss of a broken marriage, and found healing through the annulment process. During a Novena for the Canonization of Mother Teresa, the message was about saying, “Yes” to God’s plans.  I knew at that moment that I was being called to respond with my “Yes.”

What do you look forward to most about being a priest?

I look forward to being the Spiritual Leader of a parish.  My hope is to have longevity in a parish that I can share in the lives of my parishioners for several generations.

What advice would you give to other guys who are discerning the priesthood?

Listen to your heart and that small still voice of God that speaks there.  God will be present there.  He will also speak through others – your family, friends, classmates, co-workers.  Hear them and then go to Him in prayer to begin discerning.