Nathan - Colorado, studied at Columbia University (clerical brother candidate)
I was born and raised in the mountains of the beautiful state of Colorado. The oldest of 4, with 2 brothers and a sister, I was blessed to be raised in a loving family, strong in the Catholic faith. I spent my time in high school running cross country and participating in robotics competitions, as well as advancing to Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. The outdoors have always been a place of both great adventure and great peace, and I continue to backpack whenever I have the opportunity.
After graduating high school I went from the small town of Conifer Colorado to New York city to study electrical engineering at Columbia University. While at Columbia I jumped into robotics, working at Lockheed Martin Autonomous Systems on ground-breaking commercial robotics over the summers, and dance, performing traditional jazz and swing dances around the city at venues like the metropolitan opera house and fashion's night out. It was at Columbia that I met the Polish Dominican friars, who ran the campus ministry, and fell in love with the Church. Through their ministry, and with the grace of God, I grew ever deeper in faith, claiming it as my own instead of passively riding on my family's faith.
Through college, especially through opportunities such as World Youth Day in Madrid or walking the Camino de Santiago with a Dominican friar, I found the desire to give myself completely to God, in a very different manner than I had planned when I entered college, and I surprised myself by visiting religious communities and discerning a vocation. Daily mass attendance and the recitation of the divine office, and a growing love for our Queen and Mother Mary, continue to instill in me a deep respect for the religious vocation. After following several communities, I found myself again with the Dominicans, this time from the province of St Joseph. I look forward to a year of prayer, reflection and discernment as I enter the novitiate this fall.