John Brusa III

Growing up, my dream was to be a meteorologist. I wanted to be the guy on TV every evening giving the weather forecast. But God had other plans for me. I really initially found my faith after going on a Steubenville Youth Conference trip the summer before my sophomore year of high school. As time went on, I grew deeper in my faith, but still had the desire to become a broadcast meteorologist. That all began to slowly change when I discovered the soon to be Blessed Fulton Sheen.

Scrolling through my Instagram feed one day, one of the Catholic pages that I follow posted a quote by Fulton Sheen. Curious as to who he was, I read his Wikipedia page and was intrigued. Before I knew it, I was spending my study halls in school watching old episodes of his show Life is Worth Living. His life was an inspiration to me, and I began to think how awesome it would be to be like Bishop Sheen and save as many souls as he did.

A couple weeks later (towards the end of my senior year of high school), I found myself at Fr. Matthew Lyons’ ordination to the priesthood. I still do not really know why I went, but I remember being very impressed by the liturgy. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head that that could be me up there someday, giving myself completely to God and His church.

At that point, I began to seriously discern the priesthood. Once school got out, I began to go to mass every day and started to meet with a couple priests in order to get some advice on how to discern. It was still a thought in the back of my head though, as I still wanted to get a meteorology degree and maybe enter the seminary after that. But after attending a Steubenville conference one last time with my youth group, I really felt called to enter the college seminary. The day I got back home, I scheduled a meeting with my pastor and a few weeks later started the seminary application process. After spending a year at SUNY Oswego as a philosophy major, I was accepted by the diocese and entered Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Queens, NY.

Having been at Cathedral Seminary for over a year, I am certain I am where God wants me. I can see myself growing deeper in my relationship with God, and the friendships that I have formed here are ones that will last a lifetime. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me in the years to come.