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?
Since I was a child, I always wanted to be an altar server because every time I saw a priest at the altar, I would later imitate him at home. After my first communion, my family and I decided to go to the parish and talk with the priest about the priesthood vocation. Also, during high school, I lived in a parish for two years, during that time, I was discerning my vocation. When I finished those two years, I decided to go to the minor seminary.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
I come from a very catholic family, where faith is taught as the church commands us. I have discerned my vocation thanks to my family, they have supported me in my life and faith. Also, a priest who was in my home-parish in my hometown in El Salvador. He helped me to find the way toward priesthood vocation, providing me information about the priesthood and giving me some contacts with the vocational office.
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?
I would like to say that when I am praying, I can talk with God through prayer, and I can hear him at the same time. Also, prayer is the best way to discern in our life, especially when we are making important decisions. The most important is when we are discovering our vocation. Prayer is something that we should never abandon it in our life because we strengthen ourselves spiritually.
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?
I would like to say that he should find information about the priesthood in his home parish. Also, contact the vocation office to find more information. In addition, he should pray and discern more about the priesthood vocation because we can find answers to our doubts through prayer. Finally, do not be afraid to step up in your life. God always guides us toward him, and he shows us his life and mercy.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
There are many good things to mention. However, I want to say some of them. First, I like the community life that I have in the seminary. I can share with other seminarians the same experience of life. Second, I have the opportunity to pray in the community of the seminary and to have daily Mass, and Holy Hour. Finally, seminary formation is one of the most important things that I like the most because here is the place where I build the pillars of my vocation in every dimension of the formation (intellectual, spiritual, pastoral, and human).
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
I would say that the most challenging thing is to take the decision to enter the seminary because sometimes the candidate does not have enough information about the seminary. Another challenging thing is to abandon the paternal house and start living in community life. However, the seminary will become his future house and the candidate will have that experience once he starts.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
I like to do many things during my free time such as playing soccer or another sport, reading books, listening to music, and hiking.
What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
I would like to say providing more information about the priesthood in parishes in all Archdiocese of Boston. Also, during the weekends some seminarians should visit parishes and at the end of the mass, they should say some words to the parishioners about the vocations. It would help to find more vocation, or at least more people interested in priesthood vocation.