Cemented in my convictions and ready to change the world, I placed my sights on law school and headed for
That was five years ago. Seeing my own naivety, I cannot help but laugh a bit as I think back to the plan I had envisioned for my future. As the story goes, I did make it to
After spending three semesters studying in
Luggage in hand, I boarded a plane bound for
Through the mystery of God’s grace and my pursuit of Orthodox theology, I came to realize that Orthodoxy was, without a doubt, my spiritual home. Almost three years after first beginning to question the Protestant world from which I came, I was baptized and chrismated in to the “One, Holy, Catholic and
Though I anticipated that the road I set out on five years ago when I left my hometown would lead me to a high-powered career in law, it has actually led me into a deeper, more complete faith in Christ. Moreover, as my journey has continued, my love for theological studies has been confirmed time and time again. Although I finished my undergraduate degree in International Studies, my extra time since returning from
Since coming to Orthodoxy, I have been incredibly active in my own parish as well as in the life of The Brotherhood of St. George Monastery here in
As I have grown and developed in my faith through these involvements and others, my love and zeal for knowledge of The Church has grown as well. Having endeavored to share the truth and beauty of the Orthodox Faith with Sunday School students, parish inquirers, and even university students I have been invited to lecture to, it has become obvious that my passion and inner-calling are closely connected to the Church and Her history. It is a result of this realization that I now seek to continue my education in the M.T.S. program at Holy Cross. I can think of few things more meaningful and substantial than being the recipient of such treasured knowledge.
It is my hope to continue graduate studies after Holy Cross by pursuing a Ph.D in theology. Although I have a few ideas as to what area the topic of my eventual dissertation may fall in, I recognize that God, in His Providence, may lead me on to a new way yet unknown to me. By God’s grace, one day I, too, will work on a campus of higher education teaching the timeless beauty and history surrounding the Orthodox Christian Faith. With this direction in mind, Holy Cross is the institution I feel will best prepare me—both academically and spiritually—to continue on the journey Christ has set before me.