My name is Matthew, seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. I am currently in my fifth year of studies (Theology I) at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. Previously, I was (in reverse chronological order) studying philosophy for four-ish years at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, 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.)
Within the Archdiocese, I have served at the parishes of St. Joseph (Roseburg), St. Mary (Mt. Angel), St. Mary’s Cathedral (Portland), St. Stephen (Portland), St. Vincent de Paul (Salem), and St. Monica (Coos Bay on the beautiful Oregon Coast), 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 world is thirsting for the wisdom of these three doctors of the universal Church, our great “Mystical Doctor,” “Doctor of Prayer,” and the little “Doctor of Merciful Love!” 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 (as you may have guessed by now) Carmelite spirituality, as well as coffee, classical guitar, chant and Renaissance polyphony, the Traditional Latin Mass (as well as the Mass of Paul VI, celebrated beautifully — as Vatican Council II intended), poetry, hiking, Baroque art, 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!