Meet Seminarian Tyler Randolph

Tell us about your family.
I grew up Presbyterian and converted to Catholicism in college, so my entire family is Protestant. I have one younger brother, Justin.

Where did you get your undergraduate degree?
I received my Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music and Organ as well as my Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Seton Hill University in Greensburg. I also have a Master of Music in Sacred Music and Organ from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Did you have a job prior to entering the seminary? Tell us about it.
I served as a parish director of music and organist in the diocese for over a decade, serving for 8 years at Immaculate Conception Parish in Irwin. In addition to full-time parish work, for five years I also taught middle school religion at Queen of Angels Catholic School.

Tell us about some of your hobbies.
I enjoy going on walks, thrift shopping, bicycling and golfing (neither of which I’m good at!) as well as boating with my friends.

Tell us your vocation story?
Faith has played a huge part in my life for as long as I can remember, even prior to my conversion. I have been involved in parish ministry for so long, and expected to continue, until one day “the call” was on my heart and mind quite suddenly and forcefully, and I couldn’t say anything else but “Yes!” given by the example Our Lady!

What is a typical day like for you?
There doesn’t seem to be anything typical schedule-wise apart from the Liturgy – the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Apart from that, each day brings different things, whether it is classes during the year at seminary, or any number of parish events and activities.

What do you look forward to in becoming a priest?
I look forward to being with and hopefully  loving God’s people in the example of his love – being Christ to them and bringing Christ to them through the sacraments.

Who would you say has been your biggest mentor throughout this process and why?
One of many mentors is Fr. John Moineau, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Irwin, has been such a great friend, mentor, and example of priesthood for me through my entire journey as a Catholic. It was my great privilege to work with him as his music director for so many years serving the parishioners of Immaculate Conception together as coworkers, and I look forward to serving with him one day as a brother priest!

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