Titus Iulius Nix (Nova Roma)
== BIOGRAPHY ==
Born into a military family in South Carolina in 1991, Titus Iulius Nix spent his early years traveling Europe. The youngest of four siblings by 20 years, he became an increasingly curious individual. When the family finally settled down in Alabama in 1998 (when his parents retired from military service), he began to read about the places he used to live. He had to grow up fast in his early teens when he became the unofficial caretaker of his mother when she was diagnosed with manic depression while his father was "on-the-road" as a truck driver.
Through those years he became increasingly interested in History and Philosophy (especially relating to the Ancient Republic), and he began to ask his parents questions to understand his faith better (he was raised Christian in the Church of Christ). Uncomfortable by the questions, they redirected him to the preacher. Nix then asked the preacher his questions (such as, "Why were there so violent reactions to different denominations when we're all worshiping the same god?" and "So, no matter what good you do in your life on earth.. like the Dalai Lama.. they were doomed to eternal torment?") and received the answer, "Son, Christ told the Apostles how to worship Him and over time that became perverted through the means of Satan. The Church of Christ is the only way to Christ in Heaven.. No matter how nice you are in this life, if you do not worship Him in the manner He passed down to us you are committing Blasphemy and making God sick." Horrified by that answer, Nix proceeded to read the Christian Bible from beginning to end in order to see if words were being contorted when read out of context in the pulpit. After reading, he found many loopholes and contradictions. This prompted his research in other religions.
He began practicing the Religio Romana in 2006, piecing it together from the research texts of Ancient Roman Religion. Upon the initial conversion he said, "It literally feels like a weight as been lifted.. like I just took the first full breath of my life." Through the years, his methods began to become more fluid and he kept searching for a group of "likeminded" people to share philosophies.
He joined the United States Navy in 2010 at the age of 19 after two years in college. He is now a Chef in the Navy working for a private mess. While on his first deployment, he stumbled into the Nova Roma web page and immediately applied for citizenship. After his probationary period was over, he immediately petitioned for priesthood and was appointed Fetialis in prid. Kal. Dec. ‡ L. Sulla (III) cos. sine collega ‡ MMDCCLXVI a.u.c.
He is currently stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia.