Meet our Seminarians

Seminarians in the Archdiocese of Seattle have begun their journey toward the priesthood. Meet some of our current seminarians and learn more about seminary life.

Michael Barbarossa

Federal Way, WA

Benjamin Bray

Renton, WA

Louis Cunningham

Burien, WA

John DePalma

Seattle, WA

Chad Green

Federal Way, WA

Andrew Hollands

Des Moines, WA

Chad Hill

Puyallup, WA

Chris Hoiland

Vancouver, WA

Marc Jenkins

Sumner, WA

Tyler Johnson

Centralia, WA

Jeffrey Moore

Seattle, WA

Josh Nehnevaj

Vancouver, WA

Alex Nelson

Renton, WA

Matthew Newland

Sammamish, WA

Carlos Orozco

Seattle, WA

Val Park

Seattle, WA

Colin Parrish

Ballard, WA

Kyle Poje

Tacoma, WA

Justin Ryan

Bothell, WA

Carl Sisolak

North Central, NJ

Gregory Snyder

Seattle, WA

Brody Stewart

Bellingham, WA

Joseph Tapia-Beeman

John Paul Tomassi

Camas, WA

Anh Tran

Federal Way, WA

Thomas Tran

Dalat, Vietnam

Michael Barbarossa

​bishop white seminary, College ii

The younger of two boys, Michael was born and raised in Federal Way. He is a lifelong member of St. Vincent de Paul parish and a recent graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School. As an organist and pianist, he has served in music ministry both at his home parish and at Sts. Peter and Paul in Tacoma.

Michael enjoys bicycling and hiking with his family, loves board games, and is an avid reader of classic mystery novels. He is so grateful for the support of his family and looks forward to priestly service, especially through the Eucharist.

Benjamin Bray

mount angel seminary, theology ii

Second oldest of five children, Benjamin (Ben) was born and raised Catholic in Renton, Washington and attended St. Anthony parish in Renton. He grew up home schooled and attended Bellevue College, pursuing a degree in elementary education before applying to seminary in 2010. After a year of further discernment at St. Benedict parish in North Seattle, he moved onto philosophical studies at Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga University in Spokane from 2012-2014. After graduating, he moved to Mt. Angel seminary in Oregon to study theology where he now resides.

He enjoys spending time with family and friends, being a WSU Cougars fan and looks forward to continuing in seminary to further discern God's call.

Louis Cunningham

mundelein seminary, theology ii

Louis Cunningham is the oldest of two children. He was baptized in South Seattle, at his grandparents' -Louis' and Theresa's- home parish.  Louis attended St. Anthony School and then completed his high school education at Kennedy Catholic in Burien.  He entered seminary right after graduating from high school and attended Bishop White College Seminary at Gonzaga University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Classical Studies focusing in Latin language studies.  He currently attends Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. 

He enjoys photography, singing, hiking the mountains, exercising, and coffee.  He looks forward to being back in the diocese to help show how Christ's love permeates each person's existence - even in the mundane tasks of everyday life.

 

John DePalma

Chad Green

mount angel seminary, theology iii

Along with his sister and brother, Chad was raised in Federal Way and attended St. Theresa Parish. Chad completed degrees in civil engineering and sociology, and worked in Seattle for several years in structural engineering and construction management. 

He enjoys playing soccer and reading classic novels. As a priest he hopes to help people become more aware of God's love for them and presence in their lives.

Andrew Hollands

Chad Hill

mount angel seminary, college iii

The middle of three boys, Chad grew up in Puyallup Washington and attended All Saints parish.

Chad was the youth minister of Our Lady Queen of Heaven parish for 6 and a half years before he entered seminary. Currently he studies at Mount Angel seminary.

Chris Hoiland

mount angel seminary, theology iii

Chris was born in Kent, Washington and grew up in Vancouver, Washington. He has one older brother who lives and works in Seattle. Chris attended Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver and went on to attend St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. It was there that his discernment and love of the priesthood began to grow and upon graduating from SMU in the Spring of 2011, he was accepted for seminary studies for the fall of 2011.

Chris enjoy cheering on his beloved Seahawks. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, football, baseball, and golf. He looks forward to his ordination to the priesthood and can’t wait to be a part of people’s lives as a priest.

Marc Jenkins

mount angel seminary, college ii

Marc Jenkins was born into a Catholic and military family, Marc is the fourth of six children. His family moved to Washington once his father retired from the Marine Corps in 2004. Participating in the Running Start program, Marc graduated from high school with both his High School Diploma and an Associate's Degree in 2015.

He enjoys spending time with family & friends, reading, sports, and helping others. He looks forward to serving Our Lord and others in whatever capacity God has planned for him.    

Tyler Johnson

pontifical north american college, theology i

Tyler was born in South Korea but was soon adopted to the United States and has lived in Washington the rest of his life. He was raised Catholic and attended St. Mary's Parish in Centralia where he graduated from high school and attended the community college there. He later attended Central Washington University and received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. After a short career in graphic design, he went on to work in youth ministry later becoming the youth minister at his home parish. After several years of working with youth, he decided to enter seminary to pursue the priesthood.

He really enjoys sharing his faith and likes playing the guitar, especially leading praise and worship. Tyler is very excited to be in seminary and is looking forward to serving God's people as a priest.

Jeffrey Moore

mundein seminary, theology iii

Jeffrey Moore is a “cradle convert”, moving to Seattle and joining the Church at the age of 10. He attended Middle School at St. Bernadette’s Parish in Burien and high school at Kennedy Catholic, also in Burien. He got a degree in Computer Engineering from Olin College in Boston, where he discerned priesthood, but returned to Western Washington so that he could give his priesthood to the people at home.

In his free time he can be found playing games of all sorts, especially “German-style" board games.

Josh Nehnevaj

Alex Nelson

Matthew Newland

Carlos Orozco

mundelein seminary, theology i

What do you get with a person with deep interests in drawing and natural sciences? A seminarian of course!

Carlos Orozco emigrated from Mexico as a child, and grew up in the Seattle area. He felt a vocation to the priesthood in his involvement at his home parish Holy Family in White Center.

His creative and explorative mind has greatly influenced his relationship with God and looks forward to sharing those gifts in service to the community.

Val Park

mount angel seminary, pre-theology ii

Born in Incheon, Korea as the oldest of two boys, Val has also lived in Vietnam, moved briefly back to Korea before finally moving to Seattle in 2003.

He has attended King's High School then studied History at Western Washington University. 

His favorite hobbies include playing basketball, watching basketball and thinking of basketball. Val is looking forward to be sent to wherever it is that God wants him to be.

Colin Parrish

mundelein seminary, theology iii

Colin Parrish was born and raised in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. When he was in high school his family moved to the Stanwood-Camano area where his family is ancestrally from. Colin attended St. Catherine of Siena school in Seattle and went to O'Dea High School. When he was 18 years old he converted and became Catholic. That same year he also joined the US Navy and served on the USS Abraham Lincoln for more than five years. Upon completing his enlistment in the Navy he entered seminary and completed a degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University during his time at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane. He is currently studying theology at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.

He enjoys going to music shows and art museums, and doing outdoor sports. He looks forward to serving the people of God in the Archdiocese as a priest! 

Kyle Poje

bishop white seminary, college iii

Born and raised in a loving Catholic family, Kyle grew up as the oldest boy of seven siblings.

As the final destination of his father’s military career, Kyle landed in Spanaway, Washington where he graduated from Bethel High School and attends Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish when he is home from Seminary.

He enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, and canoeing every chance he gets. As he continues to discern his vocation to the priesthood, Kyle is greatly looking forward to preaching and administering the sacraments for the people of God.

Justin Ryan

mundelein seminary, theology ii

The oldest of four, Justin was born and raised Catholic in the Snohomish County area and attended St. Brendan's Parish and School, and also graduated from Archbishop Murphy High School. 

Justin completed a degree in Accounting from Gonzaga University where he was active in campus ministry and soccer refereeing.  After working in commercial real estate appraisal for three years, he entered seminary in the summer of 2013. 

He enjoys soccer, running, and reading, and looks forward to helping people encounter Jesus Christ through the Church as a priest.   

Carl Sisolak

mount angel seminary, theology ii

Carl was born in North Central New Jersey and has always been close to the Church. He graduated with BS in Public Administration 1989 and MBA in Accounting in 1998.

Carl had a career as an accountant and businessperson, moved to Washington DC in 1999 and then moved to the Seattle area in 2003. He began to discern for priesthood in 2008-2009 with help of then vocations director Richard Shively. He entered seminary Fall of 2010 at Mount Angel Seminary and is currently a theology student there.

Gregory Snyder

Brody Stewart

Joseph Tapia-Beeman

A member of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Renton,

Joseph was raised as an only child, attended St. Anthony

School in Renton, and high school at Kennedy Catholic

in Burien.  He began his journey as a seminarian right

after high school, and is currently studying at Gonzaga

University. 

An avid musician, Joseph plays the piano and

is now learning how to play the organ.  He also enjoys

making his own versions of music pieces in his free time,

although unfortunately they are not for sale. 

Joseph’s love for the priesthood largely came through

his time as an altar server, which he began in 2007 and

eagerly continues to this day.

John Paul Tomassi

bishop white seminary, college iii

John Paul Tomassi was born fourth out of five children in 1995.

He grew up in Camas, attending Holy Redeemer Parish in Vancouver. He attended Camas High School and Seton Catholic High School, graduating from Seton in 2013; after which he has been attending Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga University.

Currently, he loves music, especially singing, coffee, the occasional swim, and spending time with the seminary community.

Anh Tran

mount angel seminary, theology ii

The youngest of six siblings, Anh was born and raised Catholic.

Anh moved to the United States with his mom in late 1999 and entered Federal Way High School in early 2000 as a sophomore. After high-school Anh attended Highline Community College and finished his associate degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He also attended Renton Technical College for Pharmacy Technician Program and began working at Tacoma General Hospital for two years.

Anh discerned his vocation to the priesthood during these two years with his spiritual directors Fr. William McKee and Fr. Thanh Dao. Currently, Anh is studying at Mount Angel Seminary as second year theology seminarian.

He enjoyed playing Table Tennis, flying stunt-kites and spending time with family and friends.

Thomas Tran

mount angel seminary, theology i

The oldest of five children, was born and raised Catholic in Dalat, Viet Nam.

Thomas attended St. Mary primary school and Dong Da public High School. Thomas graduated in Viet Nam and He will be graduating at Gonzaga University in May, 2015. During his years at GU, Thomas involved with Students for Life Club, Bible study group at Catholic Studies House, Knight of Columbus council 11134. Thomas also worked at the House of Charity in Spokane and volunteered at St. Joseph Care Center in Spokane.

He enjoys cycling, soccer, bowling, swimming and going to the movie. Thomas looks forward to preaching and teaching as a priest. 

Ordinations 2017

Check out the 2017 ordination schedule!