I grew up in Naperville in a Catholic family, the second oldest of three brothers and one sister. Though we were members of Sts. Peter and Paul, I attended all public schools, which included Mill Street Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High, and Naperville North. I felt drawn to the priesthood at a very young age but did not seriously follow through with the prospect until I was a junior in high school.

Two priests in particular had a profound impact on me in considering the call, Archbishop Peter Sartain, former Bishop of Joliet, and Fr. Burke Masters, former Vocation Director and current Director of Christian Formation for the Diocese. They witnessed to me by their words and actions that the Catholic priesthood was a life of heroic sacrifice, leading people to Jesus and bringing Jesus to people.

After beginning to cultivate a life of prayer, especially through Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, I felt called and inspired to enter the seminary immediately after graduating high school in 2010. From 2010-2014, I attended St. John Vianney College Seminary and was enrolled as a student at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where I received a double major in Philosophy and Catholic Studies. Afterwards, from 2014-2018, I attended Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, IL, where I received a Masters of Divinity.

I was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 2018. After spending my final year in seminary formation as a Deacon at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst, I spent three years serving the people of St. Michael’s in Wheaton as a parochial vicar (associate). My favorite saints include John Paul II, Mother Theresa, Therese of Lisieux, Padre Pio, Maria Faustina, Philip Neri, John Henry Newman & Pier Giorgio Frassati.