Ignition interview with Sean Finneran
Interview by: Barry Almon
Tell us about yourself?
Sean: I was born in Madrid, Spain,
but I´ve been moving around ever since I can remember;
my dad is in the military. Growing up in several
different countries has been a great experience. I´ve lived in
Germany, Italy, Washington, D.C., Colorado Springs, South Carolina, and currently
reside in Sandusky, OH. My three older sisters have had
a big influence on me as well.
I: How did you
get started with the Regnum Christi Movement?
My first contact with the Movement came my freshman year
of high school when I met Father Michael Goodyear, LC.
At first I didn´t fully understand what the Movement was
all about. Throughout high school I was close to my
sister and my friend Hugo, who both attended Bowling Green
University. Eventually my sister became a Co-worker and Hugo went
to Cheshire and later joined the Novitiate. She gave a
year as a Co-worker in Brazil teaching religion in a
school. I had the chance to visit her and see
first hand the Movement in action. I also had the
opportunity to visit Br Hugo in Cheshire a few times
and while I was there met several other Legionaries including
Father Ned Brown. After all these great encounters with so
many wonderful people I knew that God wanted me to
stay close to the Movement.
I: How has traveling abroad helped
S: Living abroad has helped me make friends with many
people and has helped me to adjust to many different
environments. Although I didn´t have very many close relationships, I
can say that overall it was a good experience.
inspired you growing up?
S: My grandparents had a pivotal role
in molding my faith. After my family finished traveling abroad,
we headed back to Ohio to be with family. I
would often go over to my grandparents house after school
and spend time there in the summer. They taught me
about the faith and helped me get a better understanding
and appreciation of the Eucharist, Mass, and especially Adoration.
us about your experience with the Helping Hand Medical Missions?
My mother is a nurse and invited me to come
to Venezuela along with other doctors, surgeons, and medical support
staff. I was also able to meet Father Eugene Gormley,
LC, who helped guide the apostolate with Lupita Assad. It
was such an amazing experience, not only to see poor
people receive the treatment they desperately needed, but also to
witness the generosity of the missionary doctors and the lengths
they would go to offer their services.
I: What sports
or hobbies are you involved in?
S: I´ve always been into
cross country, track and wrestling. In high school I placed
twice in wrestling while our school won the state championship
as a team my junior year. I´m a certified personal
trainer and I help coach the local high school wrestling
team here in Steubenville. You could say I´m in the
gym a lot.
I: What advice would you give to our
S: No matter what stage you are at, whether in
high school or college, no matter what your involved in,
make time to visit Christ in the Eucharist. The chapel
is the place where I can find peace amid all
the various things going on throughout the day. I encourage
everyone, if they have the opportunity, to take advantage of
their time and spend a moment of their day to
Sean is a Biology major at the Franciscan University
(May 30, 2003)