Gerson Garcia

Gerson Garcia
City
Los Angeles
State
California
Country
United States
High School
San Fernando High School
College
College of the Canyons
Class Year
Pre-Theology I

 

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?

Even though I first heard the call to the priesthood in World Youth Day 2016, personally I was very much afraid of this call. Many thoughts ran through my mind, including the fear that I was too young. Therefore, I ran away from the idea of becoming a priest and entered college. Not long after, however, I went into a big crisis about my life and I felt divided, as if there was an election of God on me while, for my part, I didn’t want to accept it. Through the help of the brothers and sisters of my Neocatechumenal community, God kept close to me through the celebration of the Word and the Eucharist and little by little my resistance to the vocation diminished as I saw the incredible design of the Lord’s salvation for my life.

Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?

A big influence in my decision to enter the seminary has been the priests that I have met. Seeing their zeal for the Gospel and care for the parishioners has sparked in me a desire to follow God in the vocation to the Priesthood. My father has also been an influence on me because, contrary to what I had felt, he never he never refuted my decision to enter the seminary; on the contrary, he was very happy about it and always encouraged me to discern my vocation.

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?

I think the role of prayer in the life of a seminarian is important because if as a priest you will speak of God to the people, as a seminarian I feel that God needs to hear from me – and I from him. I feel privileged to call on God anytime and to thank him for everything he has given me. Prayer also gives me the opportunity to put a stop to the daily activities and meditate on the mercy and love of God.

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?

Based on my own experience, I would say to a man who is thinking about the vocation to the Priesthood, not to be afraid and to consider this thought with an open heart. I would also advise him to be constant in prayer, through which he can ask and receive discernment from God over his vocation.

What do you like most about being a seminarian?

What I enjoy most about being a seminarian is the family-like communion among the brothers of the seminary. Whenever I find myself going through a difficulty, I am never alone but surrounded by brothers and formators who can give me a word of advice. Additionally, my relationship with God is growing more intimately through Prayer and the Word of God.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?

I think the greatest challenge for a man considering the priesthood is the decision to cut with his past, to leave behind family and life projects, and to accept something totally new in your life. We live in a society that stresses a lot the importance of material securities; the seminary is helping me to see that I can put my trust in God – and not feel that I have left anything behind.

What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?

Since my youth, I have always enjoyed playing sports and doing physical activities. I like to play soccer, work out, and go out for runs. During my free time, I also like to play the guitar and sing.

What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?

I think a way to encourage vocations to the priesthood is to propose to young adults and teens the possibility of the priesthood. Another way is to develop vocation-oriented projects that create the setting for young men to ask questions and dispel some of their doubts about the Priesthood. And above all, to pray for vocations.

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Gerson Garcia
City
Los Angeles
State
California
Country
United States
High School
San Fernando High School
College
College of the Canyons
Class Year
Pre-Theology I