Timothy - Massachusetts, studied at Providence College (clerical brother candidate)
I was born and raised in the seaside city of New Bedford, MA. Our home was very much a school of faith for my younger sister Christina and me. True to his name, the rock of our family’s faith was my father, Peter, who with my mother Judy showed us the peace and simple joy that comes with living for God and others. Growing up I collected prayer cards with as much enthusiasm as I did baseball cards. I attended Catholic schools, was active in my home parish, and in campus ministry at my high school.
I first met the Dominicans as an undergraduate at Providence College, where I majored in English and minored in Political Science. At Providence I fell in love with the intellectual life, which spurred me on to a Masters degree at the University of Virginia in English Literature. I am now finishing a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, specializing in Shakespeare and English Renaissance drama.
I had thought about diocesan priesthood in high school, but presumed my attraction to the academic profession, as well as to the idea of married life and raising a family, meant that was the direction in which my life was heading. I had very meaningful dating relationships and rewarding professional experiences, especially teaching, but still felt a longing for something else, something more.
In recent years God blessed me with the opportunity to discern again, this time with deeper faith and rigor. The more I inclined myself to listen, the more clearly I heard His voice. Upon returning from a visit to the Dominican House of Studies, I could only describe the experience to my family and close friends by saying, “the air they breathe feels right in my lungs.” I have a deep affinity for the Dominican devotions to prayer, study, preaching, and teaching, and I enter the novitiate eager to see what doors the Lord is calling my Brothers and me to walk through.