School: St. Joseph Seminary College
75376 River Road
St. Benedict, LA 70457
Tell us about where you grew and your family background?
I grew up in Lakewood, Atlanta just outside the city, it was until I was 13 years old that my family moved to Gwinnett county where I have lived since then, both my parents are from Mexico and came to Georgia in 1990. I am the oldest of five brothers.
What are your hobbies and interest?
I have several different hobbies but the main one would be music, primarily the guitar, which I have been practicing since the age of 15. Music has been a major part of my life and vocation until now, in the sense that it became one of the means of communication for me in my spiritual life.
What is one of your favorite scriptures?
Who is your favorite saint and why?
St. Augustine of Hippo, when I learned of this man and the struggles of finding himself in the presence of Almighty God, I felt I could identify with much of what he had to say and the things he encountered.
What is your vocation story? How did you feel called to the priesthood?
There was a time when I was far from God, at this time I lived as I pleased and I did not see anything wrong with that and after a while, I felt that nothing could satisfy me, which feeling turned into emptiness, emptiness turned into misery, and misery turned into despair. In the midst of all that, I ran to the Church where without a doubt the Lord was waiting for me. As time went on and I immersed myself in the life of the parish and my own spirituality, I realized that the only way I would find my own inner peace and lasting happiness was to give myself entirely to God, after accepting it, I received sign after sign of my purpose. This was not easy to see or understand, nor is it going to be easy from now on, but I trust in Him who has called me.
What is seminary life like for you?
Seminary life is very unique, there is a strong sense of brotherhood and fraternity but proper formation remains the center of everything here, it is challenging to enter into this lifestyle but the benefits are far greater.
What do you look forward to about being a priest?
There are many of God’s people in the world that are lost and do not know Him. There are many who do not even think of Him when tribulation comes to their lives and I was once among them. It was a priest who guided me and helped me to know God and heal the invisible wounds. This is what I look forward to in the priesthood: to help those who most need to find Christ and heal the wounds they do not understand, to be righteous and lead them to the truth.
What advice do you have for other guys thinking about the priesthood?
There is no greater love than to give yourself for others and it is much easier said than done. Everything you currently have in your life will change in some way and ultimately you will have to leave everything to follow Christ, this might sound like an exaggeration but that is what it feels like. Do not be afraid, this is a higher purpose and if you feel called to it, be brave and answer.