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?
I felt that God was calling me to be a priest when, even though I had a girlfriend, I felt very empty. What led me to enter the seminary was after an experience I had while attending a vocational meeting for young people. In it there was a moment when
I felt God’s call to leave everything behind, my girlfriend, my work, my old life, and to follow him. Afterwards for about a year and a half I asked God to confirm his will. In the midst of this, one day I opened the Bible and I found a passage from Mt 9:35-37.
This word helped me to decide to offer my life to God and eventually to enter the seminary.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
Fr. Kiko Vitta, an itinerant priest who was, the rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Nicaragua, and my catechist Hermidio Nicaragua. They inspired me to consider the priestly vocation. They were especially helpful in talking to me and guiding me through moments of doubt in my discernment.
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?
Prayer is the food without which I become prey to the temptations of the devil. In moments of my life when I was very confused, prayer helped me a lot. Since the time when I began praying the Liturgy of the Hours, prayer has been a source of life and help
to me. In prayer God gives me the strength to continue the mission each day and the courage to fight the devil.
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 say that no one just by himself can know for sure what is the will of God. Therefore I would advise this person to seek the help of a holy priest to see what God wants of him.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
That I have come to know a lot of wonderful people, to experience their encouragement and kindness, to help them and in turn to be formed by them.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
The main fear of being a priest is that you will lose everything, even though the truth is that you gain everything. God is our Father, takes care of us and He will make infinitely happy a man that embraces the call to the priesthood.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
Play basketball, soccer, play guitar and reading.
What are some of your favorite authors/books/movies?
Authors; Ruben Dario, Pablo Neruda and Roald Dahl. Books; The confession of Saint Augustine and The Asketicon of Abba Isaiah. Movies; St. Giussepe Moscati, The Island (Octpob), Transformers, and Source Code.
What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
A good way is to send priests and seminarians out to the streets and to places where people gather, to speak to them about Christ and their vocation, and thus propose to the youth the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood.