Our Seminarians

Patrick Agustin
First Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. Columba, Oxon Hill, MD
Worked in Finance for a major motion picture company in Los Angeles prior to entering seminary.

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Nate Anderson
First Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. Peter, DC
Owned and enjoyed riding a motorcycle.

Gerald Andrews
Third College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: U-MD Catholic Student Center
Third of seven children. Enjoys hiking, camping, and especially rock climbing.

Oscar Astigarraga
Third Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Paraguay. Entered Redemptoris
Mater Seminary right after high school.

Jonathan Barahona
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg
Has been a certified lifeguard for 5 years. Oldest of three children.  Was studying education prior to entering seminary.

Danny Baxter
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: U-MD Catholic Center/Sacred Heart, Bowie
Graduated from DeMatha High School. Earned his Eagle Scout Award. Has worked as a bus driver.

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Martin Begley
Second College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Peters, Olney
Oldest of seven children and was homeschooled. Attended University of Maryland before entering seminary.
John Benson
Pastoral Year
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Discovered his vocation in the National Gathering of Youth with Kiko Arguello (Initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way) in Washington, DC, 2010. He entered Redemptoris Mater Seminary right after high school.

Fidele Bimenyimana
Second Pre-Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From Rwanda, youngest of five children.  Has a
Bachelor's Degree in Law.  Speaks French.

William Bolin
Third College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Andrew Apostle, Silver Spring
Oldest of 6 children.  Homeschooled since first grade.  Enjoys sports, musical theater, piano and singing.

Ryan Braam
Third College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Aloysius, Leonardtown, MD
Alumnus of St. Mary's Ryken High School. Has a sister with autism.

Joseph Brown
First College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Aloysius, Leonardtown
One of four young men from his high school graduating class who are entering seminary.

Fredy Calderon
Third College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From San Salvador, El Salvador.  Eldest of two brothers. Felt called to the priesthood during 2011 World Youth Day.

Stephen Castellano
Second Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg, MD
Is a twin and has a pair of siblings who are also twins.

Andrew Clyne
Third Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: St. Michael the Archangel,
Silver Spring
Lived in Tokyo, Japan for 2 years as a young child.

 

Mattia Cortigiani
Second Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From Florence, Italy. Is an only child and has a Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology.

Abraham Cuevas
First College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary

Joseph Cwik
Second Theology
North American College
Home Parish: Our Lady of the Presentation
Completed 3 yrs. of undergraduate studies in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland before entering seminary. In college, traveled to Sierra Leone, Africa with Engineers Without Borders.

Mark Dwyer
First Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg
Studying to be an Army Chaplain.
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Xavier M. Eckard
Second College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From South Africa, eldest of six children. Family is in Neocatechumenal Way and is in mission in Pretoria, South Africa.

Julian Ehiem
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Ascension, Bowie, MD
Born and raised in Nigeria.  Certified as a Pharmacy Technician in Maryland.  Likes to play soccer and volleyball.  Enjoys painting and drawing.

Christopher Feist
First College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Aloysius, Leonardtown
Was on high school sailing team for four years.

Kevin Fields
Third Theology
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Home Parish: St. Peter, Olney
Alumnus of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Earned a  Master of Public Administration degree. Worked as a banker before entering seminary.

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Deacon Benjamin Garcia
Fourth Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: St. Mary, Rockville
Originally from Chile and is the fourth of six children. Spent two years in the Chilean Naval Academy.  Loves photography, zoos, and aquariums.

Leon Gilmore
Second College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Our Lady Help of Christians

Brendan Glasgow
Second Theology
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Home Parish: St. Peter, Olney
Second oldest of seven children. Raised in Olney, MD.  Used to travel twice a week to go skiing.  Enjoys playing doubles volleyball with his three brothers.

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James Glasgow
First Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. Peter, Olney
Is the third of seven children, and was homeschooled. Studied mathematics at Catholic University before entering seminary.  Enjoys both playing and listening to music, and is an avid tap dancer.

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Carlos de Rodrigo Gutierrez
Second Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From Madrid, Spain, third of nine children. Speaks Spanish and English. Has a Master's
Degree in Computer Engineering.

Jeremy Hammond
Pastoral Year
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Likes music; enjoys playing the clarinet
and the piano.

Christian Huebner
Second Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. Peter's on Capitol Hill
Practiced law before seminary.


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Deacon Robert Kilner
Fourth Theology
North American College
Home Parish: Shrine of St. Jude, Rockville
Fifth of 9 children. Graduate of The Heights School and Catholic University. Plays soccer and has sung in a'capella groups since middle school.

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John Lado
Second College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Patrick, Rockville
Seventh person in his family to attend Catholic University of America.

Emanuel Lucero
Pastoral Year
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Argentina. He is the sixth of six brothers and two sisters. All family members belong to the Neocatechumenal Way. Enjoys playing the charango.

Kevin Lukowski
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Mary of the Mills, Laurel
Canoed 100 miles in the boundary waters of Minnesota on a week-long trip.

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D.B. Martin
First College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Our Lady Star of the Sea
Is a volunteer EMT Aide for his local rescue squad.

Ebuka Mbanude
Second Theology
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Home Parish: Church of the Nativity,
Washington, DC
Is the 4th among 7 children and the only member of his family currently in the United States. Enjoys playing soccer. Served his home parish as a youth ministry leader before entering seminary.

Stefan Megyery
Second Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Berlin, Germany
Born and raised in Germany, but also has a Hungarian passport. Earned a Ph.D in history. Was a tennis chair umpire and swimming referee.

Mark Mergner
Third College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Joseph, Morganza, MD
Youngest of six children. Was on his high school swim team.

Peter Mlynarczyk
Third College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg, MD
Recently biked 100 miles.

Jimmy Morgan
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Assumption, DC
Lived in Canada for 2 years doing mission work with Catholic youth.

James Morrison
Second Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg
Has six siblings. Enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.

Nicholas Morrison
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg
Was homeschooled since 2nd grade. Enjoys swimming and coaching swim lessons.

Patrick Mullan
Second Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: Shrine of St. Jude, Rockville
Former Youth Minister of St. Mary's County and Campus Minister to St. Mary's College of Maryland. Won CYO Mother's Day writing contest in first grade.

David Narváez
Second College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From Quito, Ecuador, fifth of eight children. Plays the charango and other stringed instruments.

David Nikhil
First College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary

Juan Pablo Noboa
First Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From Quito, Ecuador, eldest of six children. Speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

Grzegorz Okulewicz
Second Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Native of Poland. Entered the Redemptoris Mater Seminary right after high school.

Julian Ortiz
First Theology
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Home Parish:  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lexington Park
Enjoys playing basketball and ultimate Frisbee.

Anthony Palombo
Pastoral Year
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Is the eldest of ten children; son of a firefighter who gave his life on September 11, 2001.

Benjamin Petty
Second Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. Bernadette, Silver Spring
Grew up in an Air Force family. Studied philosophy and drama at Wheaton College which led him to the Catholic Church and the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC

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Jan Tomasz Pietryga
Pastoral Year
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Poland. Third of 5 brothers
and 5 sisters. Discovered his vocation during
2008 World Youth Day in Australia with Pope Benedict XVI.

Lucas de Lima Podda
First College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Native of Sao Paulo, Brasil, and is the second of five children. Family is in Neocatechumenal Way. Likes to play soccer.

Benedict Radich
First College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Patrick, Rockville
The oldest of six children and was homeschooled.  He enjoys playing the drums, listening to music and playing Australian rules football.

 

Thomas Robertson
Second Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Our Lady of Mercy, Potomac, MD
Accepted to University of Delaware as a Fine Arts major (watercolor painting), but graduated with a degree in Finance.

Francisco Rodriguez
Pastoral Year
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Seventh of ten children. Family was sent as a Family in Mission by Blessed John Paul II to Newark, NJ, 1989. Family currently is in mission in the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY.

Michael Russo
Second Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: St. Stephen-Martyr, DC
Grew up in Waltham, MA before attending George Washington University. Graduated with a degree in History and Classical Studies.

Isaac Sagastume
Fourth College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From San Jose, Costa Rica, eldest of two brothers. Speaks English and Spanish fluently and enjoys singing and playing the guitar.

Joseph Salser
Third Theology
Mount St. Mary's Seminary
Home Parish: Ascension, Bowie
Graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School.
Played in the band program all four years;
plays trumpet and bass guitar. Enjoys canoeing
and kayaking.

Thomas Showalter
First College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Mary of the Assumption
Fourth of five children. Was voted "Best Hair" in middle school.

Sean Skahen
Third College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Our Lady of Mercy
Originally from Massachusetts. Enjoys skiing and hiking.

Marcin Szpot
First College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary

Deacon Jorge Ernesto Ubau
Fourth Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From El Salvador and plays the charango. Entered the Redemptoris Mater Seminary right after high school.

Kyle Vance
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. John, Hollywood
Went on pilgrimage to France, Spain and Portugal. Visited tomb of St. John Francis Regis, patron saint of his home parish.

Pablo Villa
First Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From Buga, Colombia, third of six children. Family is in Neocatechumenal Way. Speaks English, Spanish and Italian fluently.

Deacon Andrew Wakefield
Fourth Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: Cathedral of St. Matthew - Washington, DC
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI.  Graduate of Albion College, and earned a law and master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Active in choir and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Washington, DC.

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John Winslow
Second College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. John Francis Regis

Alexander Wyvill
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Aloysius Gonzaga
After graduating college, climbed for a month in Yosemite National Park.  Completed multi-day ascent of Half Dome and El Capitan.

Stefan Yap
First Theology
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Home Parish: U-MD Catholic Center
Recently walked the Camino de Santiago.

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