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?
As a child I was active in the life of my parish and enjoyed being an altar server. Little by little, I began to develop a relationship with God, and as I look back I see that the Lord endeared me to follow him by serving at his table. Also, the joy of the priests that I met during my childhood was a fundamental factor that helped me decide to enter the seminary. I just wanted to be a priest like them.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
My Pastor was very influential in my decision to enter the seminary. He was a missionary priest from Colombia serving the Church in Santo Domingo. I was very impressed that he had left his homeland for God and the Church, and was happy. The brothers and sisters of my Neocatechumenal Way community were also a great help to discern my vocation. With them I celebrated the Word of God and the sacraments living out my faith in a small community. They helped me to see that God was calling me to fulfill my principal vocation to holiness through the priesthood.
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 fundamental in the life of a seminarian because God is the source of the vocation. That is why to have a real relationship with him while discerning the vocation to the priesthood is so important. Furthermore, prayer allows me to see the events of my daily life through the lens of faith. Thus, it enables me to have peace in times of difficulties in my vocational journey.
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?
If a man is considering the vocation to the priesthood I would tell him not to be afraid. I have always experienced that God’s plans are much better than my own plans. The time in the seminary will be a help to mature and confirm the calling of God to the priesthood.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
What I like the most about being a seminarian is to share my daily life, with its ups-and-downs, with the other seminarians and the formators. We are seminarians from different countries and cultures, yet in the seminary all have the same spirit. The Lord gives us the joy of being in communion with each other.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
I think to let go of some things that we know and love in life is difficult. However, this is necessary to learn and love the things of God.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
I enjoy listening to music and reading sports magazines. I also like to play the guitar and the drums and also enjoy playing soccer and baseball.
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 to show the love of God in your life. To show others that happiness comes from the generous gifts and graces that we receive from God. In addition, I think that vocations come from families, therefore by helping, defending and fostering Christian family values we are promoting at the same time vocations to the priesthood.