Religious Outreach Support Vocation Program (RSVP)
Seminarians/Postulants Our Council Supports 

Deacon Patrick Agustin

Fourth Theology
North American College
Home Parish: St. Columba, Oxon Hill, MD
Worked in Finance for a major motion picture company in Los Angeles prior to entering seminary.

     Through the Knights of Columbus Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP), councils, assemblies and Squires circles “adopt” one or more seminarians or postulants and provide them with financial assistance and moral support.​​

      RSVP money is used by seminarians and those in religious formation for tuition and books, car insurance and maintenance, travel during vacations, emergency expenditures and other living expenses. Knights provide more than financial support, though. Members write letters to students, sponsor dinners for them, invite them to join the Order and, most importantly, pray for vocations.

     Last year, financial help from councils to future priests, sisters and brothers, exceeded $2.6 million.  A total of 4,513 seminarians and postulants received RSVP support from more than 2,500 local units. Since 1981 the Order has provided more than $38 million in aid through RSVP, helping 61,196 men and women follow their vocations.

   Qualifying councils and assemblies receive a $100 refund for every $500 donated, up to a limit of $2,000 donated to an individual, while the refund for Squires is $20 for every $100 donated. In the Philippines and Mexico, councils and assemblies receive the equivalent in local currency of $50 for every $250 donated.

My Life Before the Seminary
Thank You Note
Seminary Adventures March 2020

Seminary Adventures September 2019
Seminary Adventures February 2019
Seminary Adventures June 2018 V2 (3)
Seminary Adventures February 2017
Seminary Adventures July 2016
Seminary Adventures July 2016V2
Seminary Adventures June 2015
Thank You Note
Jonathan Barahona

Pastoral Year
Theological College
Home Parish: St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg
Oldest of three children.  Was studying education prior to entering seminary. Favorite store is Trader Joe's.
My life before the seminary:

I was born in the District of Columbia and my family moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland when I was a child. Before seminary I was studying to become a teacher. I was also working three jobs as an assistant at City Hall in Gaithersburg, as a parking enforcement officer for the City of Gaithersburg Police Department, and as a lifeguard and pool manager for the aquatics departments of both Gaithersburg and Rockville. 

What convinced me to enter seminary: 

What convinced me to enter seminary was the realization that the priesthood was not a career, but rather an invitation to love in a different way as a man. The love of Christ, especially as it is found in the Eucharist, is what moved my heart to say yes to seminary. 

Other interests include:

Listening to music (I’m known to be a great DJ at events), reading literature, writing poetry, swimming, discovering new places to eat, and most of all, spending time with friends. 

Jacob Redmond

Third College
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Home Parish: Sacred Heart, Laplata

My great Uncle boxed for Catholic University where he fought in the National Championship fight in the late 1930s.
My life before the seminary:

Before entering seminary, I attended Saint Mary’s Ryken High School where I spent a lot of time playing ice hockey. After graduating in 2017, I briefly attended Ave Maria University. While I was only there for a year, I planned on double majoring in philosophy and humanities with a classics minor. Though I was only there for a year, I did have unique opportunities such as experiencing Hurricane Irma one week, and seeing bioluminescent (glow in the dark) water another.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:

The idea of priesthood first entered my mind when I was completing my senior year of high school. At first, I ran from it thinking I knew best for my life. Then that summer I worked at St. John’s summer program where daily Mass and Adoration was a part of my day. It was in the silence of prayer that the Lord held a mirror to myself showing me my fault. He had been constantly reaching out with this beautiful plan for me, and I was simply saying "no". Once I realized that His arms have always been stretched out waiting for me, I gave him my "yes" to however I was called to serve. It was in that moment that great joy flooded my soul; for I knew that I was in good hands. I went to college that fall with an open ear to however He would call me. Through months of prayer and discernment with my spiritual director, I discerned the "yes" brought me to where I am today.
Other interests include:

I enjoy most things that require a board like snowboarding, surfing, and skate boarding. But I am also a huge fan of sitting down with friends for a meal
Thank You Note
Former RSVP Seminarians and Postulants

  • Rev. Thomas La Hood (1996)
  • Rev. Michael Paris (2003)
  • Rev. Benton Garrett (2005)
  • Rev. Mario Majano (2006)
  • Rev. Scott Holmer (2009 - 2013) was Sacred Heart Church Parochial Vicar
  • Mother Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Kathryn) Ambrogio (2002)
  • Rev. Kenneth Gill (2011 -2014)
  • Christopher Huebner (2013 - 2014)
  • Rev. Jack Berard (2015 - 2016)
  • Mother Anna Marie Schreyer (2014 - 2018)