Pontifical College Josephinum
1st Year Theology
Christ the King, Kansas City
I grew up in Christ the King Parish in Kansas City from pre-school to 8th grade. I’ve always enjoyed the presence of God in nature and learning. I became an Eagle Scout in 1997. I had my first essay published while a Junior in high school. As a child I often have left masses singing church hymns to myself, yet I was a stubborn and reserved child—I refused to be an altar server.
I went to Archbishop O’Hara High School, and my faith was enriched by great teachers and the LaSallian tradition of the Christian Brothers. I wanted to do something great in my life. When people asked what I wanted to be, I said a teacher, writer, or priest. I didn’t feel called strong enough to the priesthood in high school, and I remember quickly walking by a Conception Seminary College booth on College Day in O’Hara’s gym—curious but definitely avoiding the serious consideration.
I decided to go to Rockhurst University, Kansas City’s Jesuit college. I became involved in faith-based social justice with the assistant campus minister. I graduated in 2006 majoring in history and secondary education. I began teaching middle school at Christ the King Parish School. At the end of my first school year, I became a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and the Athletic Coordinator. At the end of my second year of teaching, I discerned into Christ the King’s Parish Pastoral Council. By spring of my third year of teaching, I awoke one Saturday to God's calling in signs and wonders, ready to answer my call. Now I’m studying under the educational tradition of my third Catholic religious order, the Benedictines at Conception Seminary.
We are all blessed with gifts of the Holy Spirit in unique ways. We are all called to use our time, talent, and treasure to build up God’s Kingdom. Will you turn your attention to what really matters, offer up yourself, and reply to God like Samuel? “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3: 10)