Celebrating Our Seminarians!
I was born and raised in New Haven, Indiana on July 11, 1990. I am the oldest out of three children. I have a younger sister and a younger brother. My mother is a 3rd grade teacher at my parish and my father is an engineer. I went to elementary and junior high at my parish in New Haven. I then went to my local public high school, New Haven High School. Growing up, I played baseball and basketball (did not make it at my high school). In high school, I worked at a car wash for two years. Towards the end of my high school career I was becoming more and more involved in my faith. This is when the first thoughts of priesthood came up. At that point I was not ready to commit to seminary.
I went a satellite campus of Purdue University for college. I started with engineering, but quickly found a great interest in physics. I stayed at the school and spent five years to get my undergrad in physics with the hopes of teaching high school physics. Through college I held a job as a stock person for a company similar to Best Buy for two years. I then held a job at Discount Tire for three years. I was challenged in my faith during college and this forced me to learn more about my faith and make it my own. My faith increased the more I learned about it. The idea of the priesthood never went away. I dated a little in college. I just kept my head down in terms of discernment until I finished school.
My last semester I went on a camping retreat, I found God calling me to the priesthood. I ignored it because I was a dating a great woman. When I graduated, I had no job and had no idea what I wanted to do. I spent the summer looking for a job in teaching and some technical jobs. The relationship ended at the end of the summer and this is when God strongly placed in my heart to discern priesthood. I found a job at a high school as a math teacher. During this time, I spent nearly everyday praying to God to guide me either to the priesthood or marriage. After about five months of praying I applied for seminary in the diocese. In May of 2015 I was accepted. Through that year, God changed my heart to not wanting priesthood to actually desiring it for myself. So far, I am on my third year out of six and couldn’t be happier.
Seminarian, Archdiocese of Baltimore
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Jim is one of six children, raised in New Carrollton, MD in a Catholic family and whose parents were good role models for the Catholic faith. He played football and baseball and was the co-captain of each team at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and served as an officer on-board the USS Birmingham (SSN-695) fast-attack nuclear submarine out of Pearl Harbor during the Cold War for 3 years. Then he was an instructor of Naval Engineering at the Naval Academy. He left the service after seven years and then had a 25-year career as a Manufacturing Engineer and Quality Manager in a manufacturing company, a Department Director and Executive Director at a Fortune 500 consulting company, and an Operations Program Manager Plant Manager at Rockwell Collins in the aerospace and defense industry. He has a Master of Engineering Management degree from George Washington University and was a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.
Jim was married for 25 years before his wife died seven years ago. He has two sons—one in post-graduate studies at Catholic University and one who is married and serving as a Coast Guard officer. Jim had always been active in his home parish, and started a number of ministries and initiatives that continue to bear fruit, and so it was natural that parishioners at his home parish of St. Andrew by the Bay in Annapolis, MD encouraged him to consider becoming a priest. After three years of discernment, Jim entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in 2015 where he completed a study of philosophy for 2 years and earned a Master’s degree in Philosophical Studies, and is now studying theology. Jim loves the seminary life and enjoys the opportunities and graces that come from daily Mass and prayer, regular Confession, spiritual direction, theological studies, and fellowship with the great group of seminarians at “The Mount”—and he loves teaching a wonderful group of juniors and seniors at St. Maria Goretti High School!