Richard Accepted as Postulant with Norbertine Fathers

Richard Accepted as Postulant with Norbertine Fathers

On January 27, 2015, I was informed of my acceptance into the postulancy program with the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey. After much anticipation, and years of discernment, this is an exciting step on the road toward becoming a Catholic priest.

The order is the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, CA. The Norbertine Order is based on a life of community and sacrifice. Daily life consists of praying the Divine Office, Mass, Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. The priests are consecrated religious, and observe the Rule of St. Augustine. They wear a white habit and help serve at parishes within the diocese.

How did homeschooling help you achieve your goal?

Homeschooling allowed me to uncover my own particular gifts and talents. There were times when I was surprised at the subjects I enjoyed and the areas I excelled. Most importantly, I received solid, Catholic catechesis through the Seton curriculum, which aided in laying a strong foundation for my faith.

What are your interests?

My favorite form of exercise and recreation is road and mountain cycling. I also enjoy reading classic novels and great, spiritual works. I learned to play guitar during my homeschooling years, and still do so to this day. Creative writing is another hobby of mine, and I am often updating my blog. I spend any extra free-time as a disposable lighter repairman.

What are you inspired to do with your life?

The priestly formation process is nearly a decade long. During this time I hope to grow closer to God, discover more of myself in light of His grace, and eventually—God willing—I will share my life with others through the office of the Catholic priesthood.

What are your favorite subjects?

My favorite subjects are English, Philosophy, and Theology.

The photo was taken in Santa Cruz, CA, where I currently reside until I move into the monastery.