What did you do before seminary?
I had just completed my college education.
Saint Justin the Martyr because of his exceptional reputation as a public speaker. I pray, with the intercession of Saint Justin, that God will grace me with words that can change at least one person's heart for the better. If I can do this, if I can be the tool to make someone's life a little easier, then my work would not have been in vain.
Try it. One cannot form an opinion on things they have never tried. How is a person supposed to know that they have a vocation if they never go on a discernment retreat, never talk to the vocation director, or never experience the life in the convent, monastery, or seminary? Take advantage of the opportunities that are there, and try things out. The worst thing would be to go through life wondering "What if...?"
To the Diocese of Fresno:Pray and pray some more. We, the seminarians, or anyone called to a religious life, cannot do so without the prayers of the good people of the Diocese of Fresno. I am truly blessed to be a part of this Diocese, and I can not even imagine having come as far as I have on this journey without the prayers and support of so many individuals.