In May of 2010, I was sitting in a tiny chapel gazing on the Lord in Eucharist Adoration when a distinct thought ran through my head: “I am supposed to be a Catholic Priest.”
Four years later, after a circuitous journey that sent me through College Station, Arkansas, Missouri, Houston, Tiger, Hiawassee, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Austin, I am finally in a position in which I can actively discern that call.
On Sunday I moved into Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, TX to begin my formation and discernment process to eventually serve as a priest in the Diocese of Austin. Only God knows if I will make it to the end, but right now I am 100% convinced that this is where I am supposed to be.
How am I feeling right now? I am overwhelmed, terrified, ready, and hopeful. Ultimately though, I am excited. I am excited because I finally get to take a step and discern this vocation that I have been thinking about, talking about, and wrestling with for years. I am excited because God is going to be with me on this journey. I am excited because whether I make it to priesthood or discern out, I know that right now I am following God. I am excited about the opportunity to, in the words of our rector, Fr. Swift, “intensely step right into the heart of God’s mysterious ways” and to grow as a man and disciple of Christ. I am excited because my entire life has pointed me here, and because, in the words of my favorite t-shirt, “I was born for this.”