My name is Matthew, seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. I am in my fourth and final year of philosophy at Mount Angel Seminary. Previously, I was (in reverse chronological order) a Discalced Carmelite friar in San Jose, an insurance claims rep in a call center, a cynical pagan high school student, and a Methodist kid with no idea what beautiful plans God had in store for him. (For more on all of that, you can read my series “Quo Vadis” here.)
In the Archdiocese, I have served at the parishes of St. Joseph (Roseburg), St. Mary (Mt. Angel), St. Mary’s Cathedral (Portland), and St. Stephen (Portland), as well as events including the Sacred Liturgy Conference, Rosary Bowl, Ignite Your Torch Northwest, and Steubenville Northwest.
My charism and passion is simply to know and love God, and to make God known and loved, by the way of contemplative prayer and the interior life, inspired and informed by the ascetical and mystical theology of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. The Church is thirsting for the wisdom of these three doctors of the universal Church, our great Doctor mysticus, Doctor orationis, and Doctor amoris misericordis! The New Evangelization requires that we first know God and know who we are in relationship to God, and that, in turn, requires a deep immersion in the living waters of prayer, holding nothing of ourselves back from the living and purifying fire of Love.
I love Carmelite spirituality, coffee, classical guitar, chant, the Traditional Latin Mass, poetry, hiking, English literature, philosophy, Mexican food — and you! May God bless you, and may what you read here be edifying. I trust the Lord can use anything for good, even this blog! If I can be of any help to you, please send me an email.
Ut in omnibus laudemus gloriae eius! In all things, may we praise His glory!