Ryan - Pennsylvania, studied at Boston College (cooperator brother candidate)
I was born in 1983 and raised in York County, PA. I was brought up with a strong Lutheran faith, but began to explore other Christian communities in high school, and the writings of St. Augustine, the power of the Mass, and the witness of friends drew me to the Catholic Church. I was received and confirmed on Pentecost 2006 at Sacred Heart Church in Newton, MA after four years at Boston College.
I began to intermittently discern signs of a religious vocation when I spent time in front of the Eucharist at Mass and in adoration, and was encouraged in my vocation by the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Jesuit Fathers of Boston College. Seeking a tradition with strong intellectual life, strong community, and a strong sense of the Great Commission, I eventually found the Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph. The communal celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours brings all those together for me, with its deep interior reflection, solidarity of the community, and prayer for the broader Church and world. I greatly enjoyed my years working among the Web Operations community in the intellectual fervor of Boston, but after completing my studies at Thomas Edison State College I joyfully look forward to Our Lady’s continued leadership of my discernment as a novice of the Order of Preachers.