Tell us about your family.
I am the middle child (fourth of seven) of Tom and Rose Ross, hailing from the small town of Highland. My oldest brother, Ben, better known as Fr. Benjamin Ross is currently associate pastor at St. Michael Parish in Schererville. My oldest sister, Angela Hughes is happily married with two beaming children and a third on the way. Next down the line is my sister Jennifer who is currently in her fourth year of studying psychology at Calumet College of St Joseph in Whiting, IN. My third sister, Theresa, who is just a little over a year younger than me will be a Junior in high school. My little brother Bill, or William as I’m sure he would prefer, will be a Freshman in high school come August. Finally, my little sister Rachel will be in third grade next year.
Where are you from, and what is your home parish?
I am from Highland where I have just graduated from high school. My home parish is St. Stephen Martyr Parish in Merrillville where my uncle Fr. Michael Maginot is the pastor.
What seminary do you attend, and what year are you?
I am attending Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary where I am in my first year of studies.
What is it that draws you to the possibility of priesthood?
The self-sacrificing nature of the priest is what draws me most to the priesthood. The priest not only devotes his life to God, but he also devotes his life to service of others.
Who are some of your role models?
My older brother Benjamin has definitely been my biggest role model in his love and encouragement as priest and big brother. St. Francis of Assisi is also a great role model in my life through his humble and modest way of living, loving care of God’s creatures, and tremendous faith in and obedience to God.
What is your favorite Scripture passage?
“Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.
Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed in righteousness as a breastplate, and our feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
- Ephesians 6:10-17
Photos reprinted with permission of Northwest Indiana Catholic Newspaper, Debbie Bosak, Editor.