Yours truly. Just got a call from the Vocation Director, and it's all official!
As many of you know, after I left the Paulists, I applied to the Archdiocese of Atlanta to continue my discernment and formation towards the priesthood. I have been placed in a parish assignment for the past several months in a small parish in the north Georgia mountains. I'll be blogging a little more about my experiences, as I can, soon. I've had a blast, and it's only confirmed the sense of my vocation to the secular priesthood, here in the South and in N. Georgia.
The Archdiocese is sending me to Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, up in Emmitsburg, MD, starting sometime in August. I still have philosophy to finish, so I will be a pre-theologian.
This is a day of great joy and immense gratitude to the Lord who has lead me thus far, and into whose hands I commit my entire being again. I also continue to ask for the guidance and blessings of our loving Mother, whose hand I have felt guiding me at so many points in my life, not the least of which was the day of my baptism, August 15. I pray that the intercessions of my personal patrons -- St. Ignatius of Loyola (my Confirmation saint) and St. Paul (my hero!) will continue to guide me. And, finally, I carry with me what I have learned of Fr. Isaac Thomas Hecker, the founder of the Paulist Fathers, whose zeal and vision continue to inspire me.
Please join me in praying a Te Deum today!
PS: Unless things have changed, the Mount has a "no blogs" policy for seminarians. So, the days of this blog are numbered. If I can, I will leave it up for posterity, and resume blogging as I am permitted. Oh well. Obedience, here I come! :)