I grew up in Buffalo Grove and went to Sunday Mass at St. Edna’s in Arlington Heights. I attended Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, Cooper Middle School, Buffalo Grove High School and then studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After graduation in 2005, I worked as an IT/Strategy consultant with hopes of becoming rich and dreams of early retirement. Feeling unfulfilled though, I left my job and became a lay missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the University of Maryland in College Park. It was during this time with FOCUS that I felt God initially inviting me to discern a call to the priesthood.
During my 6 years at Mundelein Seminary, my most formative experiences were ministering to troubled youth at a juvenile detention center, working with people suffering from HIV and AIDS, and travelling on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I was ordained a priest in 2014 and my first assignment was at St. Celestine’s in Elmwood Park.
My favorite Scripture passage changes often but Matthew 11:28-30 has continued to sustain me. It’s a continual reminder for me that I’m not alone; that Jesus desires to free me from the worries of life and calls me to deeper friendship with Him.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.”
I look forward to sharing our faith together and continuing to grow in love with God and the Church!