Nathaniel - New York, studied at Boston College (clerical brother candidate)
I was born in Dallas, TX and raised in Erie, PA and Rochester, NY. I grew up in a family of four boys with two wonderful and loving parents who formed us in the Catholic faith. My parents did everything to ensure that each of us grew up to be men of faith and charity. Along with my twin brother, I am fortunate enough to have attended Catholic schools growing up. After graduating from McQuaid Jesuit High School, I enrolled at Boston College in the fall of 2009. There, I majored in Philosophy and Theology, with a minor in Mathematics. During my time at Boston College, I experienced the grace of knowing several outstanding individuals who encouraged me, and who helped me to grow intellectually and spiritually.
While I had long considered a vocation to the priesthood, after beginning college I came to know the Dominicans. During my freshman year, I read several works by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange that led me to want to learn more about both St. Dominic and the Dominicans. After reading Father Guy Bedouelle’s biography of St. Dominic, I began to desire to follow the form of life set forth by Dominic Guzman. Later, I was introduced to several Dominicans who encouraged and instructed me and to whom I owe a debt of gratitude. The Order’s zeal for the salvation of souls and its dedication to study and preaching drew me. At the same time, I observed that Dominicans pursue these goals with a joyful heart. With the help of Our Lady, I want to give my life in service to God and to His Church within the Order of Preachers. So I enter this year’s novitiate class with joyful acceptance in the grace that has drawn me there.