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?
The main factor that led to my decision to enter the seminary was my previous life. After finishing school, I found a job as an architect and I felt that I finally had everything that I needed to be happy and successful. However, in no time I found myself not living a happy life. I now see that the Lord was endearing himself to me and calling me to follow him in the priesthood. With this came also the desire to leave behind everything that I once thought as my ideal life and begin an adventure with the Lord by joining the seminary.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
Most of the people who influenced me were from the Neocatechumenal Way, which included priests, friends, and other seminarians. I sometimes hosted some of these seminarians in my house during their vacations; listening to their stories and seeing how happy they were in the seminary gave me a desire to taste this happiness too.
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 seminary is like the role of the foundation in a building; without prayer, a seminarian would just collapse. I see prayer as a method to speak directly to God and a way to humble myself before Him. Daily prayer is important inside and outside of the seminary because it is a way to stay in communion with God. Without prayer, it is hard to communicate one’s needs and problems to 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?
Do not be afraid to ever say yes to God! If He calls you to the seminary, surrender to his will for He will not abandon you, nor will you ever waste time in the seminary. If you abandon your plan to God, He will take care of the rest.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
What I like most about being a seminarian is the time spent with the other seminarians serving the needs of the house. As God calls me to love my neighbors, the seminary is a perfect place to teach me that as I live with people from different backgrounds and who think differently than me. Also, I appreciate the opportunity that I get to spend time in silence in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and at any time of the day.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
I think that the greatest challenge for anyone considering the seminary is letting go of the things that this world has to offer, including your family, career, and previous lifestyle. Often the questions, Will I be happy? Or, Is this what God wants from me? would come up. I think that the best advice, however, is not to not let these things worry you and let God lead you.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
One of my pastimes is reading modern architecture news; I admire the growth of technology in the world and enjoy keeping up with design trends. I also enjoy listening to music during my free time and playing varieties of musical instruments like the guitar and drums.
What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
Many seminarians told me how happy they are being in the seminary, and how good God has been with them during their time in the seminary. Similarly, I believe the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood is to create opportunities for seminarians to meet with men outside of the seminary: to encourage them to not be afraid if they feel the call to the priesthood and to let them know that God will always take care of them.