|Parish||Our Lady of Peace, Williamstown|
|High School||St. Augustine Prep|
|Year in Seminary||1st College|
|Seminary||The College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Andrew’s Hall, Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.|
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Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy playing sports at the gym at Seton Hall when I have the time, and talking with some of my brothers in the house. My hobbies and interests have changed radically from what they were a few months ago. considering the level of attention that is needed to focus on being in the seminary there are some things that i believe should be decreased significantly. this includes video games or any sort of game in general that might keep one away from community life. I do not mean drive it to extinction, but I try to be weary of how much time I put in areas that i know are not necessarily productive uses of time. Fun is essential, but I try to focus on making my priorities more pleasurable and that has become my main interest while in the seminary.
What were you doing prior to entering the seminary? Before the seminary I was in high school at St. Augustine Prep. I didn’t really do much considering I am only 18. I was just studying and preparing to go to college and having fun with friends like every other high school student.
What influenced your decision to enter the seminary? I was influenced primarily through prayer and priests that I have a close relationship with. I growingly started to become more and more dependent on my prayer life, and that made me want to grow in new and challenging ways. The seminary is most definitely the place to be to achieve this goal. Prayer in general is essential to any catholic, but especially when discerning a vocation. My growth in prayer and relationships with priests really fostered this desire to enter.
Short explanation of life in the seminary: Life in the seminary is definitely unlike any other. The faculty care constantly looking for ways to “challenge” you. this makes it difficult because to be formed is a difficult process. Life becomes facing the issues that you have to and may not necessarily want to. I can definitely say that life with the community is extremely enjoyable, but it can be difficult as well. living with 28 other guys is not always the most fun thing in the world, but diamonds are formed under pressure! Is what i am constantly reminded by a priest that I am close with.
Advice to other young men considering the priesthood: My advice to those considering the priesthood would be to consider every option. Do not say you do not want to get married or become a priest because either is “difficult”. Father Romano is always quick to say “we love Jesus we love to suffer”. This is a universal truth for all Catholics. NEVER stop praying. If prayer stops then you are hitting the pause button on your life. Your vocation is rooted in your relationship with God, and in order to have a good relationship you must talk with him, go to mass everyday or as often as possible, and frequently attend confession. Lastly, discerning is not a game. Your vocation is the gate way to the rest of your life treat it with respect and dedication. Truly try and listen to your heart.