What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?
My participation in the Neocatechumenal Way was key to discern my vocation and later enter the seminary. Living the faith within a small Christian community enabled me to personally discover the love of God. The faithful witness of priests within these communities of faith impelled me to the vocation to the priesthood.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
The way in which my parents transmitted the faith to me impacted me tremendously. My parents always instilled in me the importance of following God’s will by attending Church and living the Christian faith. Also, the catechists that I have in the Neocatechumenal Way helped me to be open to the possibility of becoming a priest. Lastly, the witness of holy priests that were down to earth helped me to say yes to the Lord.
What would you say is the role of prayer in the life of a seminarian and what effect does it have on one's ability to see God's call?
The role of prayer in the life of a seminarian is essential. Prayer is key to discerning what is God’s will. Also, prayer sustains a person in times of difficulties. God is always attentive to what a person is asking through prayer. God as our Father is always ready to give us what is best for us through prayer.
What advice would you give to a man who thinking about his vocation and is considering that God may be calling him to be a priest?
I would tell him to not be afraid. God will always be with you regardless of what decision you take in life. The inner calling that a man has to the priesthood will always be there until that person enters the seminary. In the seminary, one will be guided by God to clarify his vocation to the priesthood.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
The camaraderie among the seminarians; is a help to me to live in an environment with others that are pursuing the same goal. The seminarians also help me in times of difficulty by encouraging me to go forward. The formative dimension of the seminary helps me to grow in faith and discernment. To be a seminarian is also to have fun such as when we break from our responsibilities to play sports or visit places.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
The greatest challenge that a man faces when considering the seminary is fear. Men are always fearful of what the future has in store for them. Many men do not know if considering the priesthood is the correct decision for them to take. Many are confronted with other alternatives that seem more fulfilling. Also, many people have the wrong impression of what a priest is. In the seminary, a person begins to comprehend what the priesthood is and finds joy in living a life that is fulfilling and pleasing to God.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
I like to play soccer and hang out with my friends. During my free time, I also like to exercise, watch movies, play video games, and visit new places. Sometimes, I just prefer to relax and watch the sunset.
What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
The best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood is to let men know the love that God has for them. A person that is loved by God is able to follow and discern what is God’s will. This love of God breaks through the fear that people have when discerning the call to the priesthood. Also, a holy priest is the best example for a man considering the call to the priesthood. A holy priest can instill inside men the call to the priesthood by living their faith to the utmost.