Office: Driscoll 103
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* First Year at Holy Cross: Yes (as of May 18th 2011).
* Undergraduate School: Holy Cross College
* Undergraduate Degree: Bachelors of Arts (Majored in Theology)
* High School and City / State: Trinity School at Greenlawn, South Bend, IN
* Place of Birth: South Bend, IN
* Place(s) of childhood/adolescence: South Bend, IN
* Family Members: James and Cindy Esch are my parents. My parents are living saints and I thank God every day for their love, wisdom, many sacrifices and 35 years of marriage!
Sarah Garcia-Quintanilla is my oldest sister and has been an ICU and Cardiac Care Nurse for many years. She serves as a translator and manager at a tourist shop near the oldest bullring in Spain.
David Esch is my oldest brother and he is an International English and History teacher at an American grade school in Bogota, Columbia. Michael Esch is my next oldest brother and he is a Clinical Social Worker at Directions for Youth and Families in Columbus, OH. His wife, Amanda, is a Nurse Practitioner at a private Pediatric Clinic. They have one daughter, Emma Rose Esch, who is also my god-daughter!
Mary Bradley is my other older sister and she is a Pediatric Oncology Nurse at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Her husband, Kevin, works as a Financial Accountant at Alarm.com in the D.C. area. They have one daughter, Molly Elizabeth Bradley.
Jacob Esch is my younger brother and he is currently studying Health Sciences at Indiana University of South Bend. He plans to pursue a career as a Nurse or an Emergency Medical Technician.
* Personal Heroes: My Dad, St. Joseph, Blessed John Paul II, Saint Andre Bessette C.S.C., Blessed Basil Moreau C.S.C., C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Yunus.
* Books: The New American Bible, The Republic of Plato (Allan Bloom Edition), The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, The Inferno by Dante Alighieri, The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis, The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, Hamlet by Shakespeare and The Confessions by St. Augustine.
* TV Shows: Family Guy, Parks and Recreation, The Simpsons, That 70’s Show, Deadliest Catch, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, NOVA, River Monsters, Fight Science and MythBusters.
* Movies: It’s A Wonderful Life, Forrest Gump, Patch Adams, The Thin Red Line, Braveheart, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Road to Perdition, Saving Private Ryan, Blood Diamond and Chariots of Fire.
* Hobbies / Activities: Reading, Playing Soccer, Fishing, Camping, Journaling, Volunteer/Service Work, Traveling, Biking, Napping and doing Laundry.
* Musical Interests: I love all different genres of music, below are my top 20 favorite bands/artists…
U2, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Prine, Eddie Vedder, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Ryan Adams, Allison Krauss and the Union Station Band, The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Miranda Lambert, Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Saul Williams, Brother Ali, Eminem, Jean Grae, Jay-Z, Regina Spektor, The Felice Brothers.
* Foods: Medium Rare Sirloin Steak, Bacon, Salmon, Potatoes (with Ranch), Asparagus, Corn on the Cob, Tomato Soup, Various types of Beer (particularly IPA’s and Double IPA’s), Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Moose Tracks Ice Cream and anything from Panera Bread.
* Sports Teams: Notre Dame Football, Manchester United, the Blackhawks, the Bulls and the Bears.
"Son life is like fishing, you rig up your pole, cast your line into the water, say a little prayer, and wait and see what God gives you. If you don't get anything on the first cast, you cast again and keep trying till you catch something, and don't worry God always has something to give you, it just takes time, prayer, and patience." - My Dad
"Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7
"Dear young people, do not be content with anything less than the highest ideals! Do not let yourselves be dispirited by those who are disillusioned with life and have grown deaf to the deepest and most authentic desires of the heart. The time has come to re-propose wholeheartedly to everyone this high standard of ordinary Christian living. Refuse to sell your dreams cheaply. Watch out for the dangerous ways that lead to passing joys and satisfaction. Deepen your relationship with God through prayer. Prayer spreads Divine energy it makes us live in a new way and gives way to a revolutionary evangelical lifestyle."- Blessed Pope John Paul II
"Of all the animal creation of God, man is the only animal who has been created in order that he may know his Maker. Man's aim in life is not therefore to add from day to day to his material prospects and to his material possessions, but his predominant calling is, from day to day to come nearer to his own Maker." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Sometimes life is hard, but often times it is great too. From the mountaintop down to the valley, back up to the mountaintop and through all the places in between, life is a journey." - My Dad
“My LORD God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” - Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in a love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” – Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J.