SAINT: St. Philomena, because she is an inspiration to me of living a radical life for Christ. She gave her life for Him without hesitation. Her witness of a heart completely conformed to His Most Sacred Heart has moved me to be a real MAN and to follow her example.
BOOK: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky… A must-read for every seminarian and man who is discerning!
SCRIPTURE: “…you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.” Is 43:4
Tim grew up and received his Sacraments at Santa Maria del Popolo, which he still considers his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. David Arcila. Tim attended high school at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein.
The best advice he received while discerning was “Timothy! Don't be afraid! No matter what has happened in your past, no matter what you are struggling with now, Our Lord Jesus Christ loves you FIERCELY! Ask HIM to love you in those moments when you failed Him and He will give you PEACE and JOY.” As a seminarian, Tim would tell anyone who is discerning: “I asked a priest once, ‘What is your favorite part about priesthood?’ He said WITHOUT HESITATION, ‘Tim, to confect the Eucharist, to absolve sins, to live a radical life for Christ is the JOY in the heart of every priest.’ You must immerse yourself in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist! JPII said that the Eucharist is the source of all vocations, and in Him, in the Eucharist, you will discover what has been written on your heart.”