What was your background before you joined the CC?
I was born in Kitchener, Ontario in October of 1974. I went to the University of Waterloo for three years towards an undergraduate degree in psychology. In university, I played keyboards in a band with my brother, Matt, who plays the guitar and sings. We had some minor success and acquired a growing fan base for our original alternative rock music.
In university, I felt a growing desire to give my life more wholeheartedly for the Lord. And, as much as I appreciated psychology, I became aware that I was mostly interested in people’s spiritual lives. I felt that the priesthood would be a wonderful, fulfilling way to follow these desires.
What led you to join this community?
I discovered the Companions of the Cross and, after meeting with Fr. Bob, I was accepted to become an applicant in the Fall of 1996.
I thoroughly enjoyed my formation in the seminary. There were many young men with the same desire to love and serve the Lord for me to share my journey with. It was freeing to be surrounded with a common love for the Blessed virgin Mary, openness to the Holy Spirit, faithfulness to the Church and her teachings, and a focus on the Holy Mass and the Eucharist. I felt right at home with the studies in philosophy and theology. With God’s help, I made it all the way to Ordination in November 2002.
What kind of ministry are you doing now?
I am currently serving as the Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Lower Sackville, NS. I thank God every day for His Call on my life, and I pray that all men who are being called to the Priesthood will hear His Voice and say Yes to this great Sacrament.