Hello to our Baylorcatholic Blog readers. Since this is my first official post, I thought would introduce myself. Here is an interview with myself with the most common questions I’ve been asked:
When did you get to Waco and how do you like it here? I moved to Waco at the beginning of July. I’ve enjoyed Waco a lot. It’s a sizable city but not too big or busy. The traffic isn’t too bad.
Where were you before you got here and what were you doing there? I was in Austin the last four years. The last two years I was assigned to St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School where I taught theology and was the campus minister. Before that, I was at St. Mary Cathedral as the parochial vicar.
How long have you been a priest and what order do you belong to? Four years. I was ordained in 2008 by Bishop Gregory Aymond. I do not belong to any religious order. I am a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Austin, which St. Peter is a part of.
Where you do live in Waco? I live in the rectory at St. Louis parish in Waco. It’s about 5 miles away from St. Peter.
Where are you from originally? Were you born in the US? I was born and raised in Mississippi. I am of Chinese descent.
What family do you have? I do not have any family in Texas. As for my immediate family, my mom lives in Atlanta. My dad passed away when I was younger. I have two brothers, one younger (who lives with my mom) and one older (who lives in NYC).
How did you get to Texas? I came to Texas to attend Rice University in Houston and have been here ever since.
How did you get to Austin and join the Diocese of Austin? After graduating, I worked in Austin for a couple of years. It was during this time that I discerned a call to the priesthood and decided to join the Diocese of Austin.
How did you decide to become a priest? Short version: It was through discerning that my greatest joy would come through serving as a priest.
Do people ever mistake you for a college student? Yes, I’m older than I look, though I don’t mind at all.
Do you get to have fun? Yes, I try to have fun. I like to watch TV, read, talk to friends, play guitar and play computer games.
What are your favorite foods? Chicken fried steak, hamburgers, chips and dip.
How come you are so thin? It’s in my genes. My mom still asks me all the time if I’m eating enough and I’m pretty sure I am.
What are the hardest things for you about being a priest? Fearing rejection or failure, feeling responsible for everyone.
What are your favorite things about being a priest? Celebrating liturgy that allows people to encounter God, teaching, being an instrument of God’s mercy, bringing hope to people’s lives, being an instrument of unity.
How have you liked St. Peter so far? I have felt extremely blessed and joyful being here. Students have been so kind and welcoming and their enthusiasm for the faith has been something that I am feeding off of. Their hunger for learning more has energized me to continue studying and learning more about the faith. Their willingness to serve others and seek depth in their lives fills me with great hope for the Church. I look forward to a great year together.