I was born and raised in a very small town called Columbiana. I have one older brother Dillon who graduated last year from Vanderbilt and is now attending Ohio State for graduate school. My brother and I were beyond blessed to not only have been raised by our loving mother, but being part of an extremely large Italian family. From the time I was a child I knew that God and family come before anything else. Following my first communion, I became an altar boy at my parish; St. Judes. Throughout the years, I became more and more involved with my parish and eventually my priest Fr. Cicero saw signs of a vocation to the priesthood. I was lucky enough to have had a pastor who nurtured my vocation and gave me every opportunity to strengthen my love for God and the church. As most people here at seminary know me as “ the rad trad”, you can call me Derek too. While I do not know what my vocation is in life, I am here to discern that and form myself as a better human being. Pax!