Will Foggo is entering his first year of seminary formation. He recently graduated from Mississippi State University.
Home parish: St. Paul, Flowood.
Background: I am from Brandon, MS. I grew up in Brandon and went to school at St. Richard in Jackson and St. Joe in Madison. I went to college at Mississippi State. I have lived my whole life in Mississippi.
What is your vocation story? Who influenced you and why?
I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school all the way through high school. I had never thought about becoming a priest. I first felt a desire for priesthood when I was a senior in high school. When I was in college, that desire grew. I began to notice signs that God may be calling me to priesthood. The feeling of a call to priesthood became so great that I couldn’t ignore it, so I decided to enter the seminary.
What draws you to diocesan priesthood? And to the Diocese of Jackson?
I like the idea of serving those who helped me to grow in my own faith. I want to bring Christ in a real way and minister to my friends and family.
What are your hobbies/interests?
I enjoy playing guitar and listening to music. I also enjoy camping, hiking and being outdoors. I also enjoy cooking, though I am not very good!
Who is your favorite saint and why?
I have many favorite saints, but I have always felt close to St. Joseph. He was a quiet, humble and compassionate man. He is my Confirmation saint and I have always been inspired by his quiet humility. He is a great example of a good, Catholic man.
Do you have a favorite devotion?
I really enjoy praying the rosary. I really like meditating on the mysteries of Christ’s life while asking Our Lady for her intercession. It is a very powerful prayer and spiritual weapon. I also love spending time with our Lord in Eucharistic adoration. I enjoy getting to pray face to face with our Lord.
What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I studied mechanical engineering at Mississippi State for three years.
Who is your favorite sports team? The New Orleans Saints.
What advice do you have for those discerning a vocation?
I would say to go to the Sacraments. Go to Reconciliation and Mass. Seek Jesus in the Eucharist. Pray the rosary and ask Our Lady for her intercession. Talk to a spiritual director or your parish priest. Speaking with someone else helps to see the path more clearly.
Where can people send you a personal note?
You can mail a note to St. Joseph’s Seminary College at 74576 River Rd. Covington, LA 70457.