The Journey Continues: Henry Finch

My column today takes me to Henry Finch, a family friend. I want to share his calling and his spiritual journey with you. His life verse is Romans 11:29, “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.”

Finch explained that the gifts and the calling of God go hand in hand. God does not call anyone to a mission without also providing them with the grace necessary to engage it.

This is his life: Born in Austin in 1991, Henry is the oldest of the three children of Stan and Linda Finch. He attended The Master’s School and then San Marcos High School, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class. Concurrently, he earned Eagle Scout status with the project that involved collecting 500 pounds of children’s clothing for the San Marcos Area Housing Authority. Proficient in piano and organ, Finch also voluntarily taught young children piano at a local Baptist church.

Turning down a nomination to the United States Naval Academy, he entered Texas A&M University, his father and mother’s alumni. With the advantage of the 70 credit hours in AP courses from high school, Finch finished his degree from Texas A&M University in two years. He majored in history.

His journey was only starting, the Lord kept calling. Spiritually strong and attentive to the Holy Spirit, with much prayer, he became a Catholic at Texas A&M, and subsequently discerned a call to enter seminary. Finch was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Austin and was assigned to Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas for two years of philosophy studies. Upon completing his time at Holy Trinity, Finch was assigned to theology studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

Last year, he served as a pastoral intern at Saint William’s Parish in Round Rock, during which time his desire to serve the people of God intensified. Fluent in Spanish, Finch served for several weeks in missions in Comayagua, Honduras last summer and walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain. This past December, Finch and his classmates had the opportunity to travel to Rome where they served mass for Pope Francis on Jan. 1 in St Peter’s Basilica. God willing, Finch will be ordained a deacon in May and as a priest in June 2019. The Lord is preparing this young man for mission.

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