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?
During my early childhood training, as an altar boy, the divine fire to serve God and humanity as a Roman Catholic Priest enkindled in my heart. I encountered a lot of oppositions from friends and family members which led me not to enter minor seminary. It was not an easy struggle, but my seminarian friends kept supporting me through their prayer and encouragement. Almost all my friends then were seminarians and each time I visited them in the seminary I became more encouraged to discern the vocation to priesthood. Thanks to God who kept the fire burning through my consistent prayer, and serving at Mass, the support of my seminarian friends and parish priest. At the end of my high school, all my family members consented to my decision to discern the vocation to the priesthood.
Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
Fr. Augustine Amadi who was my parish priest and my seminarian friends were very instrumental towards my vocation to the priesthood. Fr. Amadi was active in his pastoral ministry. He was a humble priest and I really liked his manner of approach to people. I could not resist the company of my seminarian friends. Their mode of dressing and happiness for being in the seminary was incomparable.
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 very important in the life of every seminarian. It brings a seminarian into a divine communion with the Blessed Trinity and Blessed Virgin Mary who constantly guides and intercedes for priests and seminarians. God owns the vineyard, while a seminarian like a worker being invited to work in God's vineyard. It is through prayer that he shows his eagerness and zeal to honor the divine invitation. Prayers helps a seminarian to have the sense of absolute dependency on God, and submits his will totally to God's will.
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 encourage any man who is considering a vocation to priesthood to regularly go to Mass, to cultivate devotion to Blessed Sacrament and to seek the intercession of the Virgin Mary. Do not be afraid to open a conversation with your parents, or guardian, parish priest, and a vocations director.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
I see a seminarian as a man who has chosen the best job in the world. Many people desire to be with the Lord, but they are still battling with worldly pleasures and distractions, while a seminarian on the other hand enjoys the divine privilege of living in God's house. Seminarians receive a standard human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation through which they develop a healthy personality. Seminary is a place of joy where seminarians united as brothers, are in constant communion with God through the liturgy of hours and daily Mass. There is unity, peace and harmony in the seminary.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
We live in a world of materialism where people have prioritized worldly pleasure over service to and sacrifice for the common good of man. It is not a thing of surprise that people often see a seminarian or a man who is considering entering the seminary as a crazy person who wants to live a lonely life. Most men who are considering seminary are faced with fear of oppositions either from parents, or peer groups.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
Soccer is my favorite hobby. I also like reading and singing. In my leisure time, I also watch movies, play computer soccer games, read spiritual books, and hang out with my friends.
What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
The lives of priests and seminarians are the basic factors that foster vocation in every diocese. Priests should also encourage and assist young men in their parishes to visit the seminary. Most times men who battle with vocation discernment make a bold step in responding to God's call after a visit to seminary.