My Greatest Example

First of all, I extend a respectful and warm greeting in Christ Jesus and the Exalted Queen of Heaven to you and your respected families. I want to start by saying that it is an honor for me to make known something about myself and my experience in Christ. I...

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My Path to Serve

I was always trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I got older. When I met the priest at my parish in Williamstown, he explained to me what a priest does. Through these discussions with him, I eventually felt the desire to be a priest. But, when...

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Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry

The first time I gave any real thought about my religion was around 12 years old. Before then, I went to church with my family at, Mater Ecclesiae church in Berlin. I did not care much about my faith and did not look forward to going to Mass. It was...

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As We Await the Blessed Hope

Advent is a season of paradoxes. On the one hand, it is a penitential season in which we work to break down anything that keeps us from drawing ourselves closer to God. At the same time, it is a season of joy in which Christians throughout the world eagerly await...

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Daily

As I continue my third year of formation at St. Andrew’s Seminary, I realized that my understanding of vocation has changed gradually each year in a better way. Before entering seminary, I would hear the word vocation and associate it with the word call in regards to the word job...

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Be It Done Unto Me According To Thy Word

Throughout this whole year, and especially during this Thanksgiving season, I have been thinking and praying a lot about how grateful I am for all of the blessings in my life. I have so many things to be thankful for. I’m thankful for my family, my friends, the opportunity to...

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Closing the Holy Doors

Two days ago, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, as we always do on the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. This year, however, was especially important in the life of the Church because it marked the close of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of...

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The Call of Saint Matthew

One of my favorite Gospel passages is commonly known as the “Call of Saint Matthew.” Many people call it this for many reasons, but mostly because of the painting done by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio-and the piece is considered a masterpiece. The corresponding passage appears in all three Synoptic Gospels,...

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Visiting the Sick

Every Thursday, I head over to the Veterans’ Hospital, in East Orange, New Jersey, for my apostolic assignment. It is in this ministry that I get to visit the sick and the disabled, which is one of the many responsibilities of a priest. To me this is one of the...

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House Jobs

At seminary, we have these things called “house jobs.” Each seminarian has three. They range from things like watching the front desk to various liturgical roles. My jobs are: Chapel Librarian, MC (a simpler “behind the scenes” master of ceremonies), and Arts and Environment. Though not too complex, I have...

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