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 an altar server, I always had zeal for the Eucharist and love for the liturgy. In fact, I admired my pastor for the way he lived his ministry with love, joy, and service to the faithful, and this encouraged me to be more active in the activities of the parish and helped me to decide to enter the seminary.
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 priest who underwent a bad surgery that left him in poor health, and almost led to his death. I was impressed that, in spite of his physical limitations and poor health, he persisted in evangelizing for the love of God and the Church. Moreover, the brothers and sisters of my Neocatechumenal community were also crucial in discerning my vocation. By celebrating with them the liturgy of the Word and the sacraments, and living out my faith in my community, I was able to see that God was calling me to fulfill my vocation 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?
I think that prayer is essential in the vocational discernment of a seminarian. It not only helps you to see the events of daily life through the lens of faith but also keeps you grounded and rooted in an intimate relationship with Christ.
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 think it’s normal to have some fears initially. However, my experience is that life is much easier and fulfilling accepting the call of the Lord than attempting to achieve my own goals by myself.
What do you like most about being a seminarian?
What I like is the communion and the transparency that we live. Even though we are from different countries, the Lord gives us the grace to live as a community, as one body and one spirit, grounded in a solid relationship with God.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
I think that the greatest challenge is to leave behind all the things that we love, such as family, friends or relationships. However, since it is impossible to have both God and the world, it’s a risk worth taking to seek first the Kingdom of God and let the Lord do the rest.
What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
In my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and listening to music. In addition, I also like to play basketball and read news and sports magazines.
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 happiness of loving God as a seminarian or as a priest because many youths believe that the lives of priests is full of loneliness and sufferings. Moreover, I think by showing the generous gifts and graces that the priest receives from God, they might recognize the fantastic adventure of being a humble and joyful servant of the Lord.