Here is a selection of members of the Ordination Class of 2018.
Below are their responses to the question:
"People might be surprised to know..."
Archdiocese of Saint Paul/Minneapolis
big enthusiast of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, and love to hike/camp/rock
professional cellist in high school.
might be surprised to know that I cook savory dinners, thanks to my background
in chemistry and several years of practice in formation. Community life brought out this hidden
Juan Carlos Castañeda Rojas
Congregation of the Priests of the
come from the City of Everlasting Spring: Medellin, Colombia. I try to keep
always my Colombian identity and love sharing my culture with everybody specially the members of my Congregation.
One of my passions is riding horses and it is one of the things I miss the
most, also I enjoy all forms or art and now I am exploring water color
owned and operated an Insurance business for four years after graduating from
LSU with a degree in Political Science. It was upon returning from World Youth
Day in Madrid in 2011 that I could no longer deny God's call for me to be a
priest of Jesus Christ.
Diocese of San Jose
my family sent me off to the seminary, I saw my uncle in front of our house
with tears in his eyes. I said, "Why are you crying?" He replied, "When you
were young, I asked you what would you want to become when you grow up? and you
said, I want to become a priest, and now here, you are on your way to your
Diocese of Columbus
at my twin brother's wedding just two months after I was ordained a deacon, and
I will be the celebrant of my older brother's wedding this summer, just a month
after I am ordained a priest. By living
out their particular vocations, both of my brothers have encouraged me in my
six sisters and seven brothers. There is no such thing as a quiet family
Archdiocese of Omaha
playing piano, flying airplanes, and jotting down tasting notes for wine, tea,
Roberto Rodriguez C.
Archdiocese of Denver
went to law school, became an attorney and worked for 4 years before entering
the seminary at 27 years old. I discovered my vocation to the priesthood
through participation in the Neocatechumenal Way in my home parish.
Kyle Shinseki, SJ
Society of Jesus
to pray in Spanish since I was introduced to the Catholic faith by my Mexican
American friends in college.
Archdiocese of Chicago
climbed part of the Great Wall of China, and have gone to Costa Rica and Mexico
to learn Spanish. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places, and I look
forward to doing more of it in the future.
Dominican Friars – Province of St.
planning on going into the law or politics instead of becoming a priest.
Towards the end of a summer internship, the (devoutly Catholic) federal judge I
was working for asked me point-blank, "Why haven't you considered becoming a
priest?" Why not, indeed? I wound up entering the Order of Preachers instead of
going to law school.
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
have walked across the United States twice with Crossroads Pro-Life.
Diocese of Amarillo, TX
playing sports, camping, engaging in manual labor, reading works of fiction,
listening to folk, classic country, americana, and bluegrass music.
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
tremendously as a child in academics.
Had it not been for the visibly devout Catholic faith of my Catholic
school teachers, as well as their desire to help every student, I may have
given up on myself, and thus I do not know if I ever would have found my