|Parish||The Parish of Saint Monica, Atlantic City|
|High School||Atlantic City High School|
|Year in Seminary||Pastoral Year|
|Seminary||The Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy.|
|Journey of Faith Blog Posts||Paul Abbruscato|
What were you doing prior to entering the seminary? Working in the Restaurant/Bartending
What influenced your decision to enter the seminary? Well, to start I am a convert to the faith. I became catholic in 2008, I was baptized, confirmed, and received the Blessed Sacrament for the first time. When I first entered the Church the priesthood had an appeal, but I didn’t really think too much about it. As I practiced the faith and journeyed with Christ, I shared the truth with others often and found a profound interest in studying the faith. I started thinking about religious life after talking with a girl about love and responsibility by Pope John Paul II. I began to look into monastic life and talked to my Father about it. In the process my father gave me a pamphlet for a discernment group for the priesthood. Listening to my father’s instructions I went and felt this sense of peace and joy which I knew was from the LORD! So I went forth only to be late and did not get in the first time. After that I went back to work as a bartender and as time flies a year and a half went by. Then after practicing my faith to the best of my ability and studying it all the more I signed up for the discernment group once more. This time everything went smoothly as if the wind was at my back. Upon entering there was a retreat for the seminarians and I felt this deep peace and joy! Now here I am in the seminary and I love it!
Short explanation of life in the seminary: The highlights of the seminary are first: deepening your relationship with the LORD, Second: the community is a great group of guys from all over which also have a deep love for our LORD, and Thirdly: the scholarly program is full of interesting subjects which leave you in astonishment!
Advice to other young men considering the priesthood: Do not be half-hearted if you enter, but be willing to give God all of you, letting him be your strength and your Rock of salvation!