Carlisle is a first year Theologian at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. His home parish is Immaculate Conception in Westpoint.
Mr. Carlisle Beggerly, Seminarian
Notre Dame Seminary
2901 S. Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
His story in his own words:
I converted to Catholicism while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree after reading a copy of St. Augustine’s Confessions that I found in a used bookshop in Florida. I almost immediately began to feel a call to ordination. I discerned with an institute of Apostolic Life for a little over a year but was not yet ready to commit to priesthood, being a new convert at the time. I returned home and completed my masters degree in philosophy before deciding to go to law school. During law school, however, the call to priesthood became stronger. I knew by the time I graduated that I could no longer ignore what God was asking of me. The vocation director at the time asked me to work for awhile to make certain of the call and then I was finally allowed to apply. It took me awhile to say yes to priestly life, but the path I am on now is filled with great joy and spiritual consolation. Please pray for me to persevere in this journey!
My favorite Bible verses are Job 25-26: “For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and in the last day I shall rise out of the earth. And I shall be clothed again with my skin, and in my flesh I will see my God.” A few of my many favorite saints are St. Gabriel of Sorrows, St. Philomena, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Thomas Becket, and Bl. Pope Pius IX. My favorite movie is Ben Hur (1959). My favorite spiritual books are St. Augustine’s Confessions and The Imitation of Christ. I think relics are one of the coolest parts of being Catholic. I collect sacred icons and also paint them in my spare time. My favorite place to pray is in front of the Blessed Sacrament. If you are discerning a call, be sure to spend time with the Lord in Adoration. He will show you the right path.