Before entering the Seminary, Stephen had a successful career for over 30 years as a civil engineer. For the last 16 years, he operated his own business. He held leadership positions at the regional chamber of commerce for the last 9 years and was a long-time caregiver to his grandparents and parents.
“My circuitous route to seminary began with initial strong encouragement from my grandfather, and continued throughout my life; I served readily as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, and student at the local central Catholic high school, where a priest asked me to consider ministry, but I was intent on civil engineering. I deepened my involvement in parish ministries and committees. Eventually, I studied for the permanent diaconate before stepping aside to care for my disabled father. After his death, and after increasing unsolicited encouragement from priests and several laypeople, I discerned that God may be calling me to priesthood, leading me, at age 52, to PSJS.”