What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood
One of the factors is my desire to one day, God willing, become a parish priest. Another factor in conjunction to the first, is my love of the Sacred Liturgy.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
My family for sure, they have supported me since the very beginning, and sacrificed much to help me get where I am. Fr. Brian Mahoney was a contributing factor in my discernment to the seminary, as he helped bring me to the conclusion that my vocation was to be in the Diocesan Priesthood. Fr. Thomas Corcoran, a diocesan priest from my early childhood that I was inspired by as I got older, and has been actively aiding me in my vocation with his endless support and prayers.
What would you say is the role of prayer in the life of a seminarian and what effect does it have on one's ability to see God's call?
Prayer is like breathing, you cannot live without it. Especially as a seminarian, one must always have a time and place to be able to talk one-on-one with God.
What advice would you give to a man who thinking about his vocation and is considering that God may be calling him to be a priest?
My advice would be to Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry. God will guide you to where you need to be.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
I get to further deepen my understanding of what Holy Mother Church is, and how She seeks to help us, as future priests, bring others closer to Christ. That and to be with like-minded gentlemen who seek the same vocation as I am, help one another in that discernment.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
Being able to organize and maintain one's time amidst a busy schedule in order to get the necessary things done.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
Listen to my records, go fishing, enjoy long discussions about history and mythology with classmates.
What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
I would think having them spend a few days living the life of a seminarian, and to be active in partaking in the Sacred Liturgy. (e.g. Altar serving, Lectoring, etc.)