Seminarians Studying for other Orders
Thoughts on Priesthood:
A priest is someone who serves the people of God, who celebrates the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass and gives the Holy Sacraments to the people. A priest must give all of himself to the will of God and to serve the people. A doctor can cure the body, a soldier can protect his country from their enemies, but a priest can save the soul - and that is the most important. Through a priest Jesus forgives our sins in The Sacrament of Reconciliation and through a priest Jesus can come to us in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. An Angel or Archangel, even the Blessed Virgin Mary, do not have the ability to celebrate The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, only a priest can do it. “If I met an angel of light and a drunken priest walking down the road, I would first kiss the priest’s hands and then greet the angel.”(St. Francis of Assisi)
Why I want to be a Priest:
I want to be a priest because I think God is calling me to serve Him in this way. I know it is not an easy way of life, but with the grace of God and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary I can do it. I can see in the United States how much people need Hispanic priests. I want to be a bridge for those who want to go heaven, I want to bring Christ to those who want to know Him, and I want to preach the salvation of God. I want to help to the poor, the lost, the addicts and the prisoners, I want to reach out to the young people, the elderly and to the whole world and tell them that God loves them so much.
Hobbies and Interests:
I like to read. When I find an interesting book I sometimes spend hours reading it. When I feel alone, I play my guitar or pray. I also like to sketch and I’m keeping track of all of my drawings. Sometimes I exercise or play sports. I am interested in learning about other cultures and mastering more languages, but I have to learn English first. I am also interested in, once I am ordained a priest, in working with the poor and if possible doing some missionary work in other countries.
Tell us about your family as you grew up and when you started thinking about being a priest
I grew up in Guatemala and at the age of 3 my parents emigrated to the United States and so I lived with my grandparents. I didn’t speak Spanish so I went to school to learn Spanish. When I was around 10 or 12 years old I started thinking about being a priest. Some years later I told my parents that I wanted to be a priest and they were pleased. While I was living in Guatemala I wanted to go to the seminary, but at the same time I wasn’t sure about what I was feeling, so I waited. Now I think the time is right to respond to God’s calling and I am ready to give everything to God.
What inspires you about the priesthood?
The most important thing that inspires me about the priesthood is how the priest can bring Jesus to the people in the Eucharist and preach the love of God to his people. When I see a priest celebrating the mass I say to myself I want to become a priest. One other thing that inspires me about the priesthood is the priest’s ability to minister to people when they need someone to help them.