Home Parish: St. Francis de Sales, Houston, TX
I was born in Houston, TX, and raised in Pearland, TX. My first call to the priesthood came to me when I was a junior in high school. I quickly dismissed the thought and pursued my college career. After graduating from the University of Houston in 2007, I entered the corporate world working in the world defense sector as a production planner. While enjoying the fruits of my labor, the call came back and was giving me a peace that I longed for and could not obtain in my current line of work at the time. Father Wayne Wilkerson told me to contact the Vocations Office, and at which point, I was directed to a program called “The Road Less Traveled,” a group for young men discerning religious or priesthood life. I never missed a monthly session for the year that I attended that group. It was at the Chrism Mass at the Co-Cathedral in 2010 that I ultimately said yes, and thus began the journey.
My favorite Scriptural passage is: 2 Corinthians 4:7-12
Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us. We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed. At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that his life also may be seen in our bodies. Throughout our lives we are always in danger of death for Jesus’ sake, in order that his life may be seen in this mortal body of ours. This means that death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.