We all have a calling through which God intends to draws us towards Himself and to sanctify the world. Each vocation comes with the mandate to die to oneself for the sake of others. I believe that the priesthood is the path that God has chosen for me in order to live out this calling. Through the celebration of the sacraments and undivided ministry to God’s people I desire conform my life perfectly with Christ so that I can share with others what God has shared with me.
What did you do before seminary?
Before I entered the seminary I attended San Joaquin Memorial High School. I received the great news that Bishop Steinbock had accepted me as a seminarian the day of my high school graduation. I also worked part time at the Holy Child Bookstore in Fresno.
Although it’s hard to choose just one saint as my favorite I have to choose St. Therese. Her “little way” has been an inspiration to me every since I read The Story of a Soul during my first year in the seminary. I constantly seek her guidance in loving Him and making Him loved.
I would encourage a man discerning a call to the priesthood to be willing to take a leap of faith and give the seminary a try. Entering the seminary means that you are open to God’s will in your life in a special way, not that you must become a priest. Also, remember that no vocation comes with 100% certainty.
To the Diocese of Fresno:
I would like to thank the people of the diocese for their constant prayers and support throughout my journey towards the priesthood. Along with my family, it was the parishes and people of the Diocese of Fresno that formed my vocation from an early age. Vocations are the fruit of prayer, parish life, and strong families within our diocese.