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
First of all, the Lord has blessed me immensely by allowing me to be born in a Christian family. By seeing how my parents related to each other, sometimes having issues but always allowing themselves to forgive and ask for forgiveness, has helped me to understand that love exists and that it is not old fashion. My parents faithfully transmitted their faith to each one of us, in domestic liturgies on Sunday morning, what has given to me not only love for our Church, but also closeness with the Word of God. I joined the Neocatechumenal Way when I was a teenager, and having a community has also allowed me to see the Church as a mother for all, including for me. Finally, I had the opportunity to attend the last World Youth Day pilgrimage, and I was amazed by the words of Pope Francis in his last homily: “Sing to the Lord a new song” (Psalm 95:1). Reflecting on this word, I asked myself: but what is this new song? I believe that it is not a merely music, but the song of my life… this quote of the Psalms put me to question myself about the meaning of my life and my mission. The desire to be with Christ and to have a life of service brought me to the seminary.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
Following what I have just said above, my parents and siblings. I’m also grateful for the support and prayers of my pastor, also the brothers and sisters of my Neocatechumenal community in Curitiba, Brazil.
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?
To be sincere, faithfulness in prayer is a current struggle for me. Different priorities can easily get in the way of my spiritual life, so it is a constant fight. On the other hand, I also see that prayer is crucial, especially when I am faced with my limitations and the relationship with others. In general, prayer helps me to focus during this time of grace in which the Lord is preparing me for a mission.
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?
Do not be afraid or ashamed of listening to God’s call. Many fears will appear, especially about your future, if you will be happy as a priest and finally, about loneliness, but Jesus is enough and he will be there all the time. Also, it is very significant to discuss your vocation with your family, pastor, and friends. Many times those people can be a strong support in order to help you to have a better discernment.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
What I like the most about being a seminarian is to live in a house with people from different countries. The communion that the seminary fosters is a grace that enriches me as a person. This richness of cultures also helps me to understand better the issues of the world that we are living on, the expectations of the Church about the evangelization (reaching those that far away) and a deep respect for human life.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
I think the biggest challenge for a man considering the seminary is to live far from home. The distance from family and friends was for me a big challenge, but once that I got acquainted with the formators and seminarians this difficulty became much easier.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
In my free time I like to play the guitar, games, listen to Brazilian music, visit friends, taste dishes from different countries, and watch movies.
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 is supporting families and priests, in such a way that they may live their mission in a joyful way. The beauty of a family that lives with dignity and priests that are joyful attracts people back to the Church, and it is the best business card to foster vocations.