Rejoice! I write to share good news with you. God has called me to the seminary and now I go. I’ve been accepted to the Norbertine Abbey of St. Michael’s in Silverado, CA. St. Michael’s Abbey is a community of canon regulars, who live by a monastic rule as religious monks, and celebrate the sacraments as ordained priest. They are priests with the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The video below will provide more details about the daily life of St. Michael's Abbey!
Why the Nobertines? It is a old medieval tradition that the oldest child takes over the family business, the second child joins the army, and the third child joins the local monastery. I am the third child of my loving parents and St. Michael’s Abbey happens to be my local monastery. This may be the reason why my search began at St. Michael’s but it’s certainly not the reason it ended there. I join the Norbertines out of gratitude. In many ways, I was raised by St. Michael’s priests. I attended St. Michaels summer camp as a boy and St. Michaels Preparatory High School as a young man. The priests were teachers, coaches, spiritual directors, and fathers to me. At St. Michael’s, I found my faith, education, character, love of philosophy and most importantly, devotion to the Eucharist. St. Michael is my home and has been my home my whole life. It’s a small token of gratitude to join the community that has given me so much.
St. Michael's recently released a series called City of Saints. It highlights the work of the Norbertines. Please watch to learn more about the work I hope to do!
I’d like to warmly extend an invitation to you. The only obstacle that stands between me and answering our Lord's call is student debt. It is not fear of suffering nor unwillingness nor inability but financial burdens that fetter me. I ask you to prayerfully consider assisting me in my student debt. Please reflect on your financial situation and consider if giving is possible. The Lord will not be outdone in generosity and I promise you my prayers!