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Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Pontifical College Josephinum
During his junior year in college, Gabriel returned to the practice of the faith—“I found the confessional and my faith came alive, with a lot of help from the Rosary.” During this time he also heard the “strong call” from God that pointed the way to the priesthood.
In addition to his recovered faith, Gabriel also credits his parent’s unconditional love and sacrifice for his deep faith and for his vocation to the priesthood because, as he explains it, “unconditional love surely points to God”.
Diocese of Davenport
Kevin was an altar server in high school who thought that considering the priesthood is “something that every Catholic [man] goes through.” When his family suggested the possibility to him, he wrote if off. It wasn’t until he began missing serving at Mass, seeing the dedicated work of people at his parish, and the example of several priests that he realized how important that work is and that he could also do God’s work through the priesthood.
Now, during his free time at the seminary, Kevin cuts wood which is sold for firewood and all the proceeds go to a local women’s shelter and counseling center. He also helps collect donations for Humility of Mary Housing, which provides temporary housing and education for single mothers.
Kevin attended World Youth Day in 2000 in Rome. He is looking forward to going back to Rome with the Rome Experience to have a more intimate and prayerful experience while soaking in “the roots of our Church”.
Diocese of Nashville
Notre Dame Seminary
“During the last year of college and particularly after having graduated, I was internally prompted to thank God for his graces and the blessings of my life. I had come to realize that there had to be an appropriate response on my part.” So Benjamin began to pray and to ask God for guidance.
God soon responded to his prayers and generous disposition leading Benjamin not only to convert to the Catholic Church but also to follow Him and to begin his journey towards the priesthood. Benjamin’s time in the seminary has been rewarding and has reaffirmed God’s will for him.
He looks forward to the Rome Experience, “to studying in the heart of the Church for the summer and getting to meet other seminarians from around the country and the world.”
Thursday, Day 25: Rome
Moved back to room 301 now that the air-conditioning is fixed. Had a nice tour of Baroque churches this morning, though it lacked some interest in light of the main Roman churches. Class finished as usual. Fr. Pablo* brought a sacramentary, which was very well received.
*Fr. Pablo Gadenz, S.S.L., S.T.D.
Wednesday, Day 24: Rome
Same thing as Tuesday. Fr. Ramil has been busy setting up the tours with John and Ashley Noronha. John is getting his PhD in church history, and will be at Santa Croce for at least two years — a great resource. Ashley is an American girl, and John is from India; they met in Philadelphia.
Tuesday, Day 23: Rome
The morning went well, with Msgr. Moroney giving two courses. The afternoon classes went straight through and ran from 2 PM to a little after 5.