Meet Our New Priests

Father Ryan C. Boyle

web.Ryan-BoyleBranch of Service: Air Force
Rank: Major
Colleges and Seminaries Attended: US Air Force Academy, Pontifical North American College High School Attended: Bloomingdale Senior High School
Hobbies: Raquetball, Bicycle Riding, Traveling

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?
Around 16

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?
Pope John Paul II

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I have traveled to over 65 countries on 6 continents.

What is your favorite scripture passage?
Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him and say, “Lord, when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?” And the king will say to them in reply, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?
Through friends and going to church.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?
Basic Training and the Fourth Class Year at the Air Force Academy, going through life’s difficulties and helping others do the same.

What influence did Pope John Paul II have on your vocation?
Pope John Paul II set the example of holy leadership guiding the Church through the world.

What was your background before the Seminary?
I grew up in a military family, graduated from the Air Force Academy, spent 11 years on active duty and flew cargo aircraft for the Air Force.

What was the last book you read?
The Lamb’s Supper

What is your favorite spiritual book?
Rome Sweet Home

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?
Pope John Paul II

Father Christopher Dorsey

web.Christopher-DorseyBranch of Service: Army
Rank: N/A
Colleges/ Seminaries Attended: B.A. in English from University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL; Pre-theology from St. John Vianney college Seminary, Miami, FL; St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL
High School Attended: Satellite Beach High school, Satellite beach FL.
Hobbies: Soccer, Reading, Swimming, Writing

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?
I first began thinking about and discerning the priesthood during my freshman year of college.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?
There are many priests who have influenced me over the years, but the main influence on me has been family. The example set by my Grandparents and Parents was indispensible for teaching me what it means to be Catholic.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I went to college wanting to be a veterinarian and I was an active part of a social Fraternity during college.

What is your favorite scripture passage, why?
Acts 2, the story of Pentecost has always been special to me and fruitful to reflect upon in my prayer. It shows that even when we may feel defeated or scared the Lord sends His Spirit to strengthen us in conveying his message.

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?
As I mentioned before, my family raised me in a very loving home with love and faith in God always foremost in our day to day lives. As I entered college I was forced to really examine my faith and relationship with Christ to make it my own and discern where I was being led by Him.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?
Volunteering at events like Religious education and Vacation bible school, as well as helping out with youth events, was the first chance I got to begin sharing my faith.

What influence did Pope John Paul II have on your vocation?
Pope John Paul II was an extremely charismatic and loving man who was a great example and role model. The respected position he held in the world’s eyes even amidst scandal was a testament to me as to what a true man held firm by faith can be.

What was your background before the Seminary?
Before seminary, I grew up in a military family (air force) , with the normal moving across the country every few years. I have lived in Washington, California, Alabama, Virginia and Florida. After high school, I went to college and began studying biology with plans to be a veterinarian, but eventually switched to a degree in English. I entered Seminary directly after college so I never had a career but did have jobs ranging from lifeguard, working in a library, and doing field work in biology.

What is your favorite spiritual book?
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. I find his mix of humor and spirituality easy to understand and relate to.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?
My parents as well as other parents who work hard to instill their faith in their children. It is increasingly difficult in the world we live in today but the effort is appreciated much more than you can imagine.

Father Jonathan B. Norton

web.Jonathan-NortonArmed Forces Branch: USN
Team Sports: football (H.S.), wrestling (H.S.)
Hobbies: cycling, football, hiking
Colleges and Seminaries Attended: Indiana Tech; Indiana U. /Purdue U.; Ivy Tech Community College l; Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary l
High School Attended: Bishop Luers H.S.

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?
The first time I thought about a vocation to the priesthood was shortly after my 1st Communion and while I was an altar server.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?
My 1st Communion was the event that began my discernment. Shortly afterwards I became an altar server at the chapel on the Marine base in Albany, GA. Our chaplain, Fr. James O’Kielty was a strong influence on me and even today I remember his great example of the priesthood. A couple different priests in Fort Wayne and the campus ministry in high school continued to encourage my discernment of the priesthood. Then after high school I entered the working world and became lukewarm in my faith. But after reading, “Rediscovering Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly my faith was reignited. I began spending time everyday in adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It was thorough this time in prayer that I again heard a calling to enter the Seminary. I applied to the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and was accepted. My time in priestly formation has continued to further my discernment.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I received Holy Communion from Pope Benedict XVI at the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain.

What is your favorite scripture passage, why?
Luke 3:21-22; because through baptism we are made children of God. I receive comfort and confidence from knowing that I am a beloved son of God.

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?
I came to know Jesus Christ personally through reading commentaries on the Eucharist while in Eucharistic Adoration.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?
In high school my involvement in campus ministry helped to encourage my faith. After recommitting myself to a life of prayer, I became a Core Leader for Life Teen at my parish. I enjoyed sharing Christ with the them. Also, I listened to programs on Catholic radio which helped me to learn more about God and His Church. This deepened my faith and caused me to fall in love with Christ’s Church.

Have any saints or Church leaders particularly inspired your discernment journey?
I have always had a strong relationship with our Blessed Mother, I have always known her presence in my life. Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict have inspired me in my discernment. Their holiness created/creates a desire in me to know and love the Lord as they do. St. John Marie Vianney’s biography was a great influence on me and continues to influence some of my pastoral view. Other saints that have inspired me are St. Philomena, St. Bernadette, St. Martin of Tours and the Servant of God, Fr. Vincent Capodanno.

What was your background before the Seminary?
I worked as a manger for 8 years at Mike’s Express Carwash in Fort Wayne. During this time I took college courses part-time and taking a semester off every so often.

What is your favorite spiritual book?
Cure D’Ars by Trochu.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?
My grandparents. They are devout Catholics who are always able to befriend anyone, anywhere they go. They have always been generous in their love for me. They are extraordinary people. My family also inspires me, I am grateful for the love and support that have shown me throughout my life.

How would you characterize your prayer life? What comprises your daily prayer? Do you participate in the liturgical life of the Church? When, where, how?
I have a prayer life common to most seminarians; daily Mass, Holy Hour, Liturgy of the Hours, and spiritual reading. I particularly enjoy my time in prayer in silence before the Blessed Sacrament or a crucifix. I enjoy the spiritual exercises taught by St. Ignatius; the Examen Prayer and Discernment of Spirits have been supportive of my spiritual life.

Father Alexander Scott

web.alexander.scottBranch of Service: Army
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Colleges and Seminaries Attended: The College of the Holy Cross; Pontifical North American College
High School Attended: Hayfield Secondary School
Hobbies: Sports, particularly Redskins Football, but I follow everything. I’ve played tennis since high school, and I like to cook.

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?
I was a sophomore in High School. I think I was sixteen years old.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?
My parents and siblings, first and foremost, have always been models for me to emulate, I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Other than them, Frs. Gary Studniewski (CH LTC), Ed Vodoklys, SJ and Anthony Kuzniewski, SJ have been tremendously influential in my discernment process. There are so many others, I simply can’t name them all here.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I have five siblings serving in the active duty military, four in the Army and one in the Air Force.

What is your favorite scripture passage?
Mk 14: 3-9

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?
When I was young, I came to understand the value of the Church through the example of my parents. It wasn’t until I was older and I begin to experience and appreciate the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, that I came to know Christ on my own accord.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?
Retreats throughout my life have been important; adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is crucial when available, as is regular participation in all of the Sacraments; daily Mass also helped me a great deal.

What influence did Pope John Paul II have on your vocation?
His pastoral skills always astounded me, as did his willingness to sacrifice for the Church. His was the ideal priesthood and that constant example helped me to understand what the fruits of a true life of service as a priest were.

What was your background before the Seminary?
I was an undergraduate student at Holy Cross and a member of the Army ROTC program. I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant before being placed on educational delay to pursue seminary studies.

What is your favorite spiritual book?
Anything by Augustine is wonderful, I’m particularly fond of his Confessions.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?
My mother and my father for the sacrifices they made to raise me and my five siblings. I don’t think I could create a better model of loving service.

Father Jonathan B. Norton

web.Jonathan-NortonArmed Forces Branch: USN
Team Sports: football (H.S.), wrestling (H.S.)
Hobbies: cycling, football, hiking
Colleges and Seminaries Attended: Indiana Tech; Indiana U. /Purdue U.; Ivy Tech Community College l; Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary l
High School Attended: Bishop Luers H.S.

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?
The first time I thought about a vocation to the priesthood was shortly after my 1st Communion and while I was an altar server.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?
My 1st Communion was the event that began my discernment. Shortly afterwards I became an altar server at the chapel on the Marine base in Albany, GA. Our chaplain, Fr. James O’Kielty was a strong influence on me and even today I remember his great example of the priesthood. A couple different priests in Fort Wayne and the campus ministry in high school continued to encourage my discernment of the priesthood. Then after high school I entered the working world and became lukewarm in my faith. But after reading, “Rediscovering Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly my faith was reignited. I began spending time everyday in adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It was thorough this time in prayer that I again heard a calling to enter the Seminary. I applied to the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and was accepted. My time in priestly formation has continued to further my discernment.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I received Holy Communion from Pope Benedict XVI at the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain.

What is your favorite scripture passage, why?
Luke 3:21-22; because through baptism we are made children of God. I receive comfort and confidence from knowing that I am a beloved son of God.

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?
I came to know Jesus Christ personally through reading commentaries on the Eucharist while in Eucharistic Adoration.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?
In high school my involvement in campus ministry helped to encourage my faith. After recommitting myself to a life of prayer, I became a Core Leader for Life Teen at my parish. I enjoyed sharing Christ with the them. Also, I listened to programs on Catholic radio which helped me to learn more about God and His Church. This deepened my faith and caused me to fall in love with Christ’s Church.

Have any saints or Church leaders particularly inspired your discernment journey?
I have always had a strong relationship with our Blessed Mother, I have always known her presence in my life. Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict have inspired me in my discernment. Their holiness created/creates a desire in me to know and love the Lord as they do. St. John Marie Vianney’s biography was a great influence on me and continues to influence some of my pastoral view. Other saints that have inspired me are St. Philomena, St. Bernadette, St. Martin of Tours and the Servant of God, Fr. Vincent Capodanno.

What was your background before the Seminary?
I worked as a manger for 8 years at Mike’s Express Carwash in Fort Wayne. During this time I took college courses part-time and taking a semester off every so often.

What is your favorite spiritual book?
Cure D’Ars by Trochu.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?
My grandparents. They are devout Catholics who are always able to befriend anyone, anywhere they go. They have always been generous in their love for me. They are extraordinary people. My family also inspires me, I am grateful for the love and support that have shown me throughout my life.

How would you characterize your prayer life? What comprises your daily prayer? Do you participate in the liturgical life of the Church? When, where, how?
I have a prayer life common to most seminarians; daily Mass, Holy Hour, Liturgy of the Hours, and spiritual reading. I particularly enjoy my time in prayer in silence before the Blessed Sacrament or a crucifix. I enjoy the spiritual exercises taught by St. Ignatius; the Examen Prayer and Discernment of Spirits have been supportive of my spiritual life.

Father Jacob Valle

web.Jacob-ValleBranch of Service: Air Force
Colleges and Seminaries Attended: Illinois State University, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary
High School Attended: Marian Central Catholic High School
Hobbies: Water skiing, playing basketball, hiking

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?
I was probably about seven years old. I remember standing in the choir loft at Mass, struck with awe at the sight of the priest bearing the Eucharist in his holy hands before the whole congregation.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?
The witness of the priests who have been assigned to my home parish as well as my Catholic school have always inspired me.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m half Cuban.

What is your favorite scripture passage?
Mark 10:21 “And Jesus looking upon him loved him”

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?
My mother planted the seed in me to desire to know Jesus. It was my freshman year of college when I finally came to know Him, through Eucharistic adoration.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, volunteering at homeless shelters and soup kitchens, Koinonia retreats.

What influence did Pope John Paul II have on your vocation?
The witness to Jesus Christ that Pope John Paul II has served internationally, through health and sickness, has struck me and has been encouraging to me to continue to be faithful to Christ in my spiritual journey.

What was your background before the Seminary?
After high school, I went directly to college. After my freshman year of college, I entered seminary.

What is your favorite spiritual book?
The Spirit of the Liturgy by Cardinal Ratzinger

Who is a hero to you?
My heroes are all those who have died for what they believe in—the martyrs of the Catholic faith and our fallen US soldiers—as well as all those who have availed themselves to the possibility of dying for their beliefs.