I am a native Houstonian and the oldest of four children. I have three younger sisters. When I was younger, I lived, with my mother and sister, in Colombia for about five years. One of the more memorable places was a house for consecrated laity, directed by a priest, who would carry out different charity works. This is the place where I received first holy communion, and felt a desire to be a priest. When I was about six years old, we moved back to Houston. It was in the 7th grade when I felt a real conviction about my calling to the priesthood. It wasn’t a completely crazy idea for me having been raised in a home where our faith was etched into the fabric of our daily lives by my very devout mom. I served as an altar server at my home parish, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, and in other surrounding parishes. I felt somewhat committed to my calling throughout my high school years until my senior year at Kerr High School, when I considered pursuing a music degree in college before heading off to Seminary. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to apply to Seminary, but I wasn’t ready to enter, and was asked to spend a year in college. So I went to the University of Houston, and it was during my freshman year that I completed my application to enter the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and was accepted. I went to St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana, for four years; and continued on to St. Mary’s Seminary, in Houston, for my theological studies.
Home Parish: St. John Vianney (PY – Kingwood)
Seminary: St. Mary's Seminary