James DeOreo is a seminarian for the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. He first felt a prompting to consider the priesthood when he was a sophomore in high school. He felt he heard the voice of the Lord in his heart saying, “Become a priest,” while kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration. He comes from a practicing Catholic family that engaged in prayer on many occasions throughout the day. After graduating as valedictorian of his class at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, he attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Philosophy. He is presently studying at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

"When we walk without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." -Pope Francis