Thomas - New York, studied at Holy Cross College (clerical brother candidate)
I grew up on Long Island, NY, the middle of three children. My parents Joseph and Noreen raised us in the Catholic faith and we attended mass regularly as a family. Nevertheless, my faith life was superficial growing up until it was challenged in high school. It was then that I began to take my relationship with Christ seriously, and grew in love for His Church. During Lent 2006, a Franciscan friar came to preach at my home parish and I began to feel called to religious life.
I attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and nurtured my faith with the Jesuits there. I majored in Classics and discerned my vocation while studying the ancient philosophers and the Church Fathers. During my junior year I studied abroad in Athens and Rome. My time in Athens made me appreciate and understand Eastern Orthodox Christianity much more deeply, while my time in Rome had a similar effect regarding my own tradition.
In Greece and Italy, I prayed before the relics of many saints and always asked God to lead me as He had led them. It was at this time that I discovered the Liturgy of the Hours and received great consolation from praying the psalms. On my return to the United States, I had a strengthened resolve in my desire to pursue religious life. I considered various orders and felt called to the Order of Preachers. The more I learned about St. Dominic, the more I was inspired by his life, and I prayed for his intercession throughout the later stages of my discernment process.
As I met with Dominicans and learned more about their life, I became increasingly attracted to the Order. Zeal for souls, emphasis on community life, and devotion to Our Lady were among many reasons that ultimately led me to apply for the 2013 Novitiate class. God has greatly blessed me with acceptance into the Friars Preachers, and I look forward to living the Gospel with my future brothers.