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?
In my childhood, I had both very bad and very good experiences in the Church. As a family, we were always discussing these experiences. The Church, for better or worse, was central to our lives. I came to respect the role of the priest through the example of very good priests; I saw what a positive difference they made in both the lives of individuals and the community as a whole. I found myself wanting to be like the best priests I knew.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
I was raised in a family that values and respects the unique role of priests. From what I’ve been taught, and what I’ve personally witnessed, I’ve come to believe that the priesthood is not only honorable, but necessary and irreplaceable. The support of all those who recognize this (extended family, fellow parishioners, people in the community - both Catholic and non-Catholic) has been important to me in the process of discerning a vocation and entering the seminary. Priests who have been primary influences on me are those who have poured their many gifts and talents into a healthy life of prayer, obedience, and celibacy. Their joy, which comes from dedication to serving Christ and His Church, has inspired me. In particular, I acknowledge: Fr. Andrew Johnson, Fr. Jason Worthley, Fr. Arnold Colletti, Msgr. William Glynn, and Fr. Ken Overbeck.
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?
The role of prayer plays a central role in the life of a seminarian; in fact, prayer is so important, that it is one of the three promises a man makes at his ordination. Prayer is the key to being able to clearly see what God is calling you to do.
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 participate in the sacramental life of the Church, as all sacraments are aimed toward the good of the spiritual life. As the sacraments are central to the life of the Church as a whole, they are central to the life of every individual man. The grace of the sacraments strengthens our spiritual life, which in turn, gives direction to our vocation.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
I appreciate the structured life which is centered on the Eucharist, the prayerful environment, and the fraternity of both priests and seminarians at Our Lady of Providence Seminary.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
Pope Benedict himself has written that for many people today the Church has become the main obstacle to belief. I can relate to what the pope is saying. The Church’s many failures can present a great challenge.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
I grew up with classical music all around me, so I have developed a deep appreciation for it, but most especially for sacred music. I enjoy playing hymns on the organ, singing, and listening to music in my free time.
What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
Support marriage and family, and support priests.