Hi, I’m James.
I am a media journalist that calls Texas home. I’m also a student at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. In 2011, I made my first pilgrimage to World Youth Day Madrid with FOCUSmissions.org, a branch of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, a college outreach program that I was a part of for several years.
I didn’t know at the time, but God had such an epic journey for me before I even left the state. As a life-long Catholic, He had been working to find my heart ever since I was born. Find more of my World Youth Day/Camino testimony here.
Since then, I have been working towards an ever growing union with Christ. My life is now a wild daily encounter with grace that Christ shares with me through my family, my friends and my community. That heavenly grace has brought me through the hill country of Central Texas, sand dunes of Colorado, the lush hills of Galicia and Metro of Madrid, the hustle of Hong Kong and Manila, and even the end of road in Cocodrie in South Louisiana. Likewise, many university Catholic student centers have been essential rest stops along the way.
My interests reflect my response to His grace, as I believe that personal experience of true creativity and design can be encounters of redemption. Here lies my passion of media: photography, writing, video, and design. To find out more about my media, visit my portfolio.
Few things can fill my heart like a scoop of Blue Bell, a Houston barbecue, a stuffed snowball from Ms. Mae Mae’s, and stack of Filipino egg rolls. You should say hi sometime, I’ll say hi back and even wave. (Photo by Bruno Doria.)
That’s me in a really small pecan shell, thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day and I would love to hear from you.
The title of this site, “In Via,” is Latin. When translated, it means “On the Way.” This short phrase in the universal language of our Church, is packed with meaning relative to the specific nature of this international gathering.
My hope is that this site is a resource for you to have the most grace-filled encounter with Christ, one that He desires so deeply for you.
My story is not all that different from your story; it’s an encounter with the Story of God.