James DeOreo is a seminarian for the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. He first felt a prompting to consider the priesthood when he was a sophomore in high school. He felt he heard the voice of the Lord in his heart saying, "Become a priest," while kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration. He comes from a practicing Catholic family that engaged in prayer on many occasions throughout the day. After graduating as valedictorian of his class at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, he attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Philosophy. He is presently studying at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.