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Music Teacher

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Theology 1


I was born in West Covina, California.  When I was 5, my family and I moved to Upland, CA, and we have been living there ever since. I went to USC from 1997 to 2003. I graduated with an undergraduate  degree in Music, which included Jazz composition.  I also love to play drums! I then received my Masters in Commercial Music at Cal State Los Angeles. From there, I decided to use my musical talent to teach others and became a music teacher for 10 years including be a music director at St. Denis Church.

What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?

My life experiences have brought me to a point where I can no longer ignore this tug at my heart. I know that I have to pursue this further. I also know a lot more about the gifts God has given me and how to use them for his glory.

Describe the moment that you knew you wanted to take the next steps to become a priest?

There are a few people in my life that really encouraged me to become a priest. First is my Aunt Josie, she continued to tell that I would make a good priest. Second is my friend, Punky who jokingly said that I need to become a priest so she can get to heaven, but really because of the way I see other people.  Two others I have to mention are Frs. Bill Messenger & Jamie Dennis. I have come to know them through my time at USC and discernment as a blind seminarian.

I have been aware of my desire to become a priest for a long time now.  It is a growing feeling that becoming a priest is the right thing to do.  It is a tug at my heart that continues to grow stronger with every experience in my life that has helped me to grow in my relationship with God and understand how I am called to live as a disciple of Christ.  Because of my close relationships and experiences, I have learned how to see with my inner eyes.  Using my inner eyes essentially means that I love others with the same unconditional love as Jesus.