Our Seminarians

Patrick Agustin
Second 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
Second Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. Peter, DC
Owned and enjoyed riding a motorcycle.

Gerald Andrews
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: U-MD Catholic Student Center
Third of seven children. Climbed competitively
for the University of Maryland.

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

Jonathan Barahona
First Theology
Theological College
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
First Theology
Mount Saint Mary's 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
Third 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
Third Theology
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
First Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From Rwanda, youngest of five children.  Has a
Bachelor's Degree in Law.  Speaks French.

William Bolin
Fourth 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.

Maycon Adams da Silva Bonfim
ESL Program
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Brazil. Speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.  Has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology.

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

Joseph Brown
Second College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Aloysius, Leonardtown
Youngest of three, has lived in St. Mary's County his whole life.

Fredy Calderon
Fourth 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
First Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg, MD
Is a twin and has a pair of siblings who are also twins.

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

Taylor Colwell
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Grew up in Griffin, GA and moved to DC to attend Georgetown University where he became Catholic. After college, worked for the federal government for two years.

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

Abraham Cuevas
Second College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from California. He is the eighth of eighteen siblings.  His whole family is in the Neocatechumenal Way.

 

 

Joseph Cwik
Third 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. Enjoys camping, hiking and swimming

Mark Dwyer
Second Theology
Theological College
Home Parish: St. John Neumann
Graduated from Loyola University and commissioned in the U.S. Army in 2011.  Enjoys motorcross, football and is an avid drummer. Studying to be an Army Chaplain.
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Xavier M. Eckard
Third 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
First Theology
Theological College
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
Second College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Aloysius, Leonardtown
Was o the high school sailing team for 4 years.

Deacon Kevin Fields
Fourth 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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Leon Gilmore
Third College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Our Lady Help of Christians
Favorite flavor of pie is pecan.

Brendan Glasgow
Third 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
Second 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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Uriel Gonzalez
First College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Rafael, Rockville
Third of five children. Enjoys programming, environmental science and puzzles.

David Guillen
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg
Blessed Oscar Romero of El Salvador was his grandmother's cousin. Romero married his parents ten months before he was martyred.

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

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

Conor Hardy
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, DC
Born and raised in DC. Grew up playing ice hockey, belonged to a boxing club during college, and plays guitar.  Served as Metropolitan Police Officer and taught 4th grade at The Heights School for two years before entering seminary.

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


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

Pedro Lopez
Second College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Nicaragua. He enjoys playing soccer.

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
First Theology
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Home Parish: Our Lady's Church at Medley's Neck
Canoed 100 miles in the boundary waters of Minnesota on a week-long trip.

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Ebuka Mbanude
Third 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.

Federico Mariano
Second College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and is the third of seven siblings. His whole family is in the Neocatechumenal Way. 

 

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

Louis McHale
Second College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Peter, Olney
Walked the Way of St. James in high school.

Stefan Megyery
Third Theology
Theological College
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
Fourth 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
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg, MD
Recently biked 100 miles.

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

Danny Morrison
First College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg
Homeschooled through high school. Enjoys basketball.

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

Nicholas Morrison
First Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg
Was homeschooled since 2nd grade. Enjoys swimming and coaching swim lessons.

Roger Mungala
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Anthony of Padua, DC
Enjoys playing soccer, following world news, and hospital pastoral care to the sick through visit and prayer.  Enjoys singing

Patrick Mullan
Third 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
Third College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From Quito, Ecuador, fifth of eight children. Plays the charango and other stringed instruments.

Thong Nguyen
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Our Lady of Viet Nam, Silver Spring
Graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He is the third of five brothers and has one sister.

David Nikhil
Second College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Bangladore, India.  He love music and enjoys playing soccer.

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

Grzegorz Okulewicz
Pastoral Year
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Native of Poland. Entered the Redemptoris Mater Seminary right after high school.

Jacob Parreira
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Our Lady, Star of the Sea
Built and stored a wooden trebuchet inside his freshman dorm room.

Tomislav Perkovic-Palos
First College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Croatia.  He is the oldest of six children.

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
Third Theology
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
Second 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
Second 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
First Theology
North American College
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
Third 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
First Theology
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From San Jose, Costa Rica, eldest of two brothers. Speaks English and Spanish fluently and enjoys singing and playing the guitar.

Deacon Joseph Salser
Fourth 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
Second College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: St. Mary of the Assumption
Fourth of five children. One of four men from his high school class to enter seminary. Likes to play Frisbee.

Sean Skahen
Fourth College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: U-MD Catholic Student Center
Wanted to grow up to be an astronaut.

Karlo Stjepanovic
First College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Croatia. He likes to play soccer.

Ben Szoch
First Pre-Theology
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Sacred Heart, La Plata
Studied Biomedical Engineering at Penn State University and worked as a footwear lab engineer at Under Armour prior to entering Seminary.

Marcin Szpot
First College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
Originally from Poland. Enjoys reading and playing chess.

Kyle Vance
Second 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.

Josue Isaac Vasquez
First College
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
From New London, Connecticut.  He is the fourth of eight children.

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.

John Winslow
Third College (Basselin)
Theological College
Home Parish: St. John Francis Regis
Recently served Mass in both Fatima's Chapel of Apparitions and the Grotto in Lourdes.

Alexander Wyvill
Second 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
Second Theology
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
Home Parish: U-MD Catholic Center
Before entering Seminary, walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

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