Home City: Trumbull, CT
Home Parish: St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull
I've always had an innate desire to help people. I was never very sure to what capacity I was supposed to help, though. I thought for a while about the people who have been the most influential in my life, and a lot of priests came to mind. Ever since my family became Catholic at the Easter Vigil in 2005, my home parish, St. Catherine of Siena, became a "home away from home" for me. The same day that I became Catholic, I was able to receive my First Holy Communion, and so I have always had a deep love of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. So I would say that it was the influence of the priests I knew growing up, a love for the Eucharist, and the desire to help people that sparked my interest in the priesthood.
One summer in high school, I attended a diocesan event that was centered on discerning vocations to the priesthood and religious life. It was at this moment that I began to recognize that the Lord might be calling me. From then on, discerning the priesthood was always in the back of my mind. It was toward the end of my senior year of high school at Fairfield Prep, and my first two years at Catholic University that the call to discern the priesthood became more clear. And that's when I decided to apply to St. John Fisher Seminary.