Where are you from?
I proudly hail from Fox Valley, a small farming community in south-western Saskatchewan. My parents raised my three younger brothers and I on the family farm just south of Fox Valley. We raised beef, and grew different varieties of grain, canola, peas—all sorts of things.
When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
Had you asked me when I was a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I probably would have answered, depending on the day, either "Spiderman" or "A Mountie" (I was not the most practical of children). But I am grateful that the Lord has intervened in my life and brought me into this great band of brothers, the Companions of the Cross.
What was your background before you joined the Companions of the Cross?
Before I joined the Companions of the Cross I spent two years at St. Therese School of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK, one year with NET Ministries of Canada on a traveling team, and two years living in Saskatoon, SK (during which period I attended the University of Saskatchewan for a year, worked at STAPLES Business Depot part-time, worked at a church-supply store part-time, recorded a few songs with my cousin's indie-rock garage band, helped out at some CCO events, participated in a production of the musical “Les Misérables” with Saskatoon's Fireside Singers...and had heaps of fun doing it).
What are your special interests?
I enjoy playing drums, reading books (mostly from the legendarium of Professor Tolkien, or else some tome of arcane scholastic philosophy), and long-distance running. I also play guitar and have been trying to get back into playing piano, with limited success. I am also a hopelessly addicted podcast junkie, and I enjoy reading posts from my favorite blog, “The Art of Manliness”, by Brett and Kate McKay.
Who, or what, inspires you?
I have lots of people I look up to, like St. John Paul II, St. Therese of Lisieux, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, and Benny Greb (Greb is my favorite drummer). I am especially inspired by the famous manly men of history, like Theodore Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill, and so on. As a priest I would like to bring to my priesthood a dedication to pursuing holiness, as exemplified by my favorite saints, and the manly virtues, as exemplified by the great men of history.
What led you to join the Companions of the Cross? Could you briefly explain your vocation story?
While I was at St. Therese School, I ran into other men my age who were thinking about the priesthood—and I also ran into Fr. Mark Goring and Fr. Scott McCaig. These "runnings-into" got me thinking. I also read a book by Catherine Doherty called Dear Seminarian, in which she describes her vision of the priesthood. I was inspired by what Catherine had to say, and the idea has never left my mind. A little later, while I was on the road with NET Ministries, I ran into Fr. Allan McDonald, who was at the time the vocations director for the Companions of the Cross. After receiving a few emails and letters from Fr. Allan, I realized that I was on what I call his "vocations hitlist." Seeing this as a sign of Divine Providence, I decided to go ahead and follow the process for application to the community—and the rest is history.