Monday, June 22, 2009

Another Aggie Vocation

This story of one of the newest Aggie Catholic priests is quite unique.
Here is a snip of the article.
Texas born and raised, Bayler joined the Marines after high school and worked embassy duty in Uruguay and Nigeria during his four years of service.

Following discharge, Bayler earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University in political science and public administration, respectively.

That’s when he decided to try out the priesthood for the first time and entered the Society of African Mission Fathers seminary. It didn’t fit, and he dropped out after nine months.

“It felt like I was in another graduate program,” Bayler said of the experience.

From there he worked on oil rigs, received an appointment to the State Department as a foreign service officer in Nicaragua, married in 1983 and was divorced in 1988.

When the marriage was officially annulled in 1996, Bayler said he called his mother, and said, “You know what that means, I can get married again.”

His mother responded, “You know what that means — you can become a priest.”

Bayler’s Catholic upbringing and his now-deceased mother’s strong faith and prayers eventually influenced his path.

Bayler changed careers to be involved with his son’s upbringing. He worked as a real estate appraiser, federal bank officer, U.S. Customs Inspector, teacher, national park ranger at Big Bend National Park in Texas, and a backcountry ranger at Denali National Park in the summer months.

As his son neared high school graduation and planned to attend college on a football scholarship, Bayler decided to give the priesthood a second chance.

Initially, Bayler’s son, David, was concerned that the priesthood would change his father.

“I told him, the only thing that would change is that he would have to say, ‘Bless me Dad, for I have sinned,’ in the confessional,” Bayler joked.

David wasn’t so sure.

“When I first heard he what he wanted to do, I thought he might take on a different persona and wouldn’t be the same guy ... kind of like a Santa Claus.

“He hasn’t changed at all,” David said. “He’s the same guy he was four years ago.”
Now he is a priest in one of the toughest places in America - Alaska.

1 comment:

tour86rocker said...

I don't know what to think.