Ordination Class of 2018

Here is a selection of members of the Ordination Class of 2018.  

Below are their responses to the question:

"People might be surprised to know..."

Ordination Class of 2018Aric Aamodt

Archdiocese of Saint Paul/Minneapolis

am a big enthusiast of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, and love to hike/camp/rock climb.

Ordination Class of 2018Michael Brungardt


was a professional cellist in high school.

Ordination Class of 2018Agustin Carrillo

Claretian Missionaries

People might be surprised to know that I cook savory dinners, thanks to my background in chemistry and several years of practice in formation.  Community life brought out this hidden talent.

Ordination Class of 2018Juan Carlos Castañeda Rojas

Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart

I come from the City of Everlasting Spring: Medellin, Colombia. I try to keep always my Colombian identity and love sharing my culture with  everybody specially the members of my Congregation. One of my passions is riding horses and it is one of the things I miss the most, also I enjoy all forms or art and now I am exploring water color painting.

Ordination Class of 2018Blake Dubroc

Lafayette, La

I owned and operated an Insurance business for four years after graduating from LSU with a degree in Political Science. It was upon returning from World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011 that I could no longer deny God's call for me to be a priest of Jesus Christ.

Ordination Class of 2018Edgar Elamparo

Diocese of San Jose

Before my family sent me off to the seminary, I saw my uncle in front of our house with tears in his eyes. I said, "Why are you crying?" He replied, "When you were young, I asked you what would you want to become when you grow up? and you said, I want to become a priest, and now here, you are on your way to your dream."

Ordination Class of 2018Brett Garland

Diocese of Columbus

preached at my twin brother's wedding just two months after I was ordained a deacon, and I will be the celebrant of my older brother's wedding this summer, just a month after I am ordained a priest.  By living out their particular vocations, both of my brothers have encouraged me in my own vocation.

Ordination Class of 2018Jonathan Howell

Birmingham, Alabama

have six sisters and seven brothers. There is no such thing as a quiet family gathering!

Ordination Class of 2018Taylor Leffler

Archdiocese of Omaha

enjoy playing piano, flying airplanes, and jotting down tasting notes for wine, tea, and coffee.

Ordination Class of 2018Roberto Rodriguez C.

Archdiocese of Denver

I went to law school, became an attorney and worked for 4 years before entering the seminary at 27 years old. I discovered my vocation to the priesthood through participation in the Neocatechumenal Way in my home parish.

Ordination Class of 2018Kyle Shinseki, SJ

Society of Jesus

prefer to pray in Spanish since I was introduced to the Catholic faith by my Mexican American friends in college.

Ordination Class of 2018Christian Shiu

Archdiocese of Chicago

have climbed part of the Great Wall of China, and have gone to Costa Rica and Mexico to learn Spanish. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places, and I look forward to doing more of it in the future.

Ordination Class of 2018Henry Stephan

Dominican Friars – Province of St. Joseph

I was planning on going into the law or politics instead of becoming a priest. Towards the end of a summer internship, the (devoutly Catholic) federal judge I was working for asked me point-blank, "Why haven't you considered becoming a priest?" Why not, indeed? I wound up entering the Order of Preachers instead of going to law school.

Ordination Class of 2018Mark Tracy

Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

I have walked across the United States twice with Crossroads Pro-Life.

Ordination Class of 2018Shane Wieck

Diocese of Amarillo, TX

Enjoy playing sports, camping, engaging in manual labor, reading works of fiction, listening to folk, classic country, americana, and bluegrass music.

Ordination Class of 2018Carter Zielinski

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

struggled tremendously as a child in academics.  Had it not been for the visibly devout Catholic faith of my Catholic school teachers, as well as their desire to help every student, I may have given up on myself, and thus I do not know if I ever would have found my vocation.



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