Tugged toward spiritual things

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Colin Davis didn't come from a religious family.

Born May 28, 1982, in Southern California to Todd and Cindy Davis, he was not baptized as his parents were both non-practicing Catholics.

In 1992, his father was having some business problems when, on a whim, he went into a Catholic church.

"I don't know why he went into that church," said Davis, who was 10 at the time, but it had a profound effect on his father.

"He dragged us off to church and we got baptized," he said.

At first, going to church was a chore, something he disliked. But eventually, the young boy found church to be comforting. He felt lonely, and when he went to church, he said he felt God's presence.

Davis had an epiphany one day when he looked at the crucifix in church and realized, "God loves me." After that awakening, church was an enjoyable experience that he looked forward to.

In 1995, the family, which included five sisters and one brother, left California for Watervliet, N.Y., where his father pursued business opportunities. The next year, the family moved to Libertytown, Md., then eventually Frederick, Md.

Davis, who had been home-schooled, said he wanted to live "of the world." So his parents enrolled him in public schools, then local Catholic schools.

In 1996, he attended the first Steubenville Youth Conference, an outreach program of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. The conference had a major impact on his spiritual life. A priest asked him if he had ever considered being a priest.

In 1998, the family moved to Front Royal and joined St. John the Baptist Church, and he enrolled in a Christian school in Front Royal.

For job reasons, the family moved to Manassas in 1999 and joined All Saints Church. Davis enrolled in Seton School for his senior year.

It was a great year, Davis said, with new friends and dating.

Throughout all of this, he said he felt a "tug toward spiritual things," including the priesthood.

After graduating from Seton in 2000, he became a Regnum Christi missionary, doing work all over the United States and Mexico.

"It was awesome," he said. "I loved living my faith in such a public way."

He served as a Regnum Christi missionary for eight years, first as a lay volunteer, and then studying to be a priest in the order.

In 2010, he enrolled at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, eventually transferring to Theological College at Catholic University in Washington.

As Davis gets closer to ordination to the diaconate, he is steadfast in his vocation.

"I can't wait to serve as a deacon, and then a priest," he said.

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© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015