I was born and raised in West Point, NE and had the gift of Catholic education from kindergarten to 12th grade at Guardian Angels and Central Catholic. I struggled with my faith very much in junior high and high school. My life began to change when a woman started LifeTeen at our parish. For the first time, I experienced the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the mercy of Jesus in the sacrament of reconciliation.
For most of my life I wanted to be an airline pilot. During my senior year of high school, I considered the priesthood for the first time. A friend insisted that God didn’t give me all these gifts so that they could be locked up in an airplane for the rest of my life; He wanted me to share them with His people.
After high school, I studied Aviation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and flew airplanes about every week. That year I started going to Mass every day, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, going to adoration more often, and getting involved with FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students). The next year, I entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Two years later I spent a semester studying in Rome. The next year I had the privilege of spending a Spiritual Year with the Companions of Christ in St. Paul, MN before beginning my theology studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.