My Paulist Journey

Profile video filmed for the Paulist Fathers in the fall of 2019

The Paulists were founded in New York City in 1858 as a community of missionary priests who sought to share their Catholic faith across the nation.

To equip ourselves for dialogue with American culture, our formation is based in Washington, DC. We spend summers and a pastoral year living and working at Paulist parishes from coast-to-coast.

Scroll down to learn more about my journeys across America during my formation towards priesthood as a Paulist.

Key Locations

Paulist House of Mission and Studies

Washington, DC

Temporarily located at St. Joseph’s seminary, Paulist novices and students share common life and prayer together with Paulist priests who work in formation and other ministries.

The Paulists are constructing a new house of formation on 4th ST NE.

St. Joseph’s Seminary, Washington, DC

The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

The Paulists study philosophy and theology here with seminarians for over 20 dioceses and religious orders.

View from The Catholic University of America campus in the fall

St. Mary’s of the Lake

Lake George, NY

Since the 1870s the Paulist Fathers have gathered on Lake George in upstate NY for rest and recreation. After summer assignments, Paulist students gather here every year along other priests on vacation to share stories, reflect on their experiences, and prepare for the school year ahead.

Student house at St Mary’s of the Lake.
Paulist students with Fr. Tom Stransky, CSP during an evening out at Lake George.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Washington, DC

Located a half-block from the future home of the Paulist House of Mission and Studies, Paulist seminarians are ordained deacons here at the start of their final year of studies.

Generations of Paulist seminarians have come here to pray in between their classes at CUA, which is adjacent to the Basilica.

The Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

My Formation Journey

  • August 21, 2013

    Moved to St. Pauls College in Washington, DC for my novice year with the Paulist Fathers.

    Ministries:

    • Father McKenna Center
    • Little Sister of the Poor Jean Jugan Residence

    Winter Assignment:
    February – April, 2014

    With my novice brothers after our sign-in Mass.
  • July 26, 2014

    First Promise with the Paulist Fathers

  • Philosophy Studies

    Fall 2014-Spring 2015 at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

    Favorite Classes:

    • Intro to Christian Spirituality
    • Intro to Liturgy and Sacraments

    Ministry Assignment:

  • Summer Apostolate

    Summer 2015, New York

    St. Paul the Apostle in New York City

    • preaching, young adult ministry, and service at parish soup kitchen.
  • 1st Theology

    Fall 2015-Spring 2016, Washington, D.C.

    Favorite Classes at CUA

    • Biomedical Ethics
    • Pastoral Theology

    Ministry Assignment:

    Preparing to attend Mass with Pope Francis at CUA.
  • Summer Studies

    Summer 2016, Boston

    Christology at Boston College

    In residence: Paulist Center

  • 2nd Theology

    Fall 2016-Spring 2017, Washington, D.C.

    Favorite Classes at CUA

    • Pentateuch
    • Gospel of John

    Ministry Assignment:

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

    Summer 2017, San Francisco

    UCSF Spiritual Care Services

    • Chaplain Intern for the Cardiovascular Thoracic Unit.

    In residence at Old St. Mary’s

    With Frs. George, Ricky, and Tom on my day off.
  • Pastoral Year

    Fall 2017-Summer 2018

    Cathedral of St. Andrew & the Catholic Information Center, Grand Rapids, MI

    • RCIA, Youth Ministry, and Diocesan Planning for Hispanic Ministry.
    Cathedral of St. Andrew, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 3rd Theology

    Fall 2018-Spring 2019

    Favorite Classes at CUA:

    • American Catholic History
    • Bioethics of Human Nature

    Ministry Assignment:

  • Summer Enrichment

    Summer 2019

    Retreat at Taizé Monastery, in Taizé, France.

    Course on Ecumenism at the Centro Pro Unione in Rome, Italy.

    Walked 120 km on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

  • Final Promise with the Paulist Fathers

    September 6, 2019

    I made a commitment “for life to membership and mission” with the Paulist Fathers.

    With the other Paulist Fathers present after professing my lifelong promise to the community.
  • Diaconate Ordination

    September 7, 2019

    I was ordained a transitional deacon alongside five other seminarians from other religious orders.

  • 4th Theology

    Fall 2019-Spring 2020

    Favorite Classes:

    • American Catholic History
    • Bioethics of Human Nature

    Ministry Assignment:

    After my first baptism at St. Matthias.
  • Priestly Ordination

    July 25, 2021

    St. Austin’s Parish, Austin, TX

    The Paulists had planned for my ordination to be at our mother church in New York. The COVID-19 pandemic made such a gathering impossible, so I was ordained at the Paulist parish in Austin where my family and friends could easily travel by road.