This is Sam’s public history with the Catholic Church. This is what happened to his faith.–A decade ago, people in my life thought I was destined to be a priest. A descendant of Portuguese and Italian immigrants, Catholicism has always loomed large in my family. Despite this background, I was 14 years old before being baptized into the church. But following that event, I was on fire to be the best Catholic I could be.It wasn’t long before my fellow parishioners noticed and started having the “seminary talk” with me. I went on to attend Saint Joseph’s College, a small Catholic college in northwest Indiana. There, I quickly became known as the student liturgist and a general chapel rat. After graduation, I returned to my home parish of Saint Elizabeth Seton, where I quickly assumed duties of lay leadership as a parish council member and co-founder of a ministry for young adult parishioners.