More Ordination Class of 2019 Quotes
"I never altar served as a youth and was terrified of lectoring at Mass."
Stephen Buting, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
"I am an amateur archeologist, having dug in Bethsaida and near the Dead Sea. Before seminary I was a schoolteacher."
John Calabro, Diocese of Paterson
"I do photography as part of my spiritual life. Also, I love motorcycles."
Edwuin Cardona, Diocese of Nashville
"I enjoy studying different languages and learning about different cultures - especially trying out their food."
Alfonso Gamez, Diocese of Charlotte
"I studied electrical engineering for six years prior to seminary."
John Gancarz, Archdiocese of Hartford
"I was raised on a hog farm, that I am an avid soccer enthusiast, that singing in choirs is one of my favorite things, and that I love to travel."
Andrew Hess, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
"I once drove a taxicab (before Uber or Lyft) on the weekends while holding a full-time job during the week."
Timothy Kalange, Benedictines Mount Angel Abbey
"I was 12 when I first saw a religious priest giving bread to the poor and wanted to be one like him. After living with the Capuchin Franciscans for 10 years, I discerned out. I came back after 15 years and I felt at home with the Vincentians ever since I joined 5 years ago. I am content with my call now and I want to serve as a priest for the rest of my life. God works in mysterious ways. Let His will be done."
Ben Melaku, Congregation of the Mission
"I was a Dental Assistant before I entered the seminary. I have traveled to fifteen different countries. I was a member of the United States Air Force Honor Guard, where I participated in the inauguration of President George W. Bush and the funeral of President Ronald Reagan."
Charles Moat Jr., Society of the Divine Word
"I used to participate in wilderness search-and-rescue operations and enjoy being outdoors."
Brian O'Hanlon, Archdiocese of Boston
"I studied Game Development for my undergraduate degree."
Alfredo Porras, Diocese of Worcester
"I wanted to pursue a career in music before I entered the seminary."
Gustavo Ramirez, Salesians of Don Bosco
"I enjoy cooking, nature hikes, weightlifting, and snorkeling while on vacation."
Nicholas Reynolds, Order of Preachers - Province of St. Martin de Porres
"I grew up on a farm in eastern Colorado and then after college worked for a top political consultant doing opposition research and ad development."
Nathan Rueb, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
"I began visiting the sick and homebound when I was fifteen years old. And since then, it has been one of my favorite ministries."
Miguel Angel Ruiz, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
"I enjoy playing violin and considered a career in violin performance before discerning to enter religious life."
Matthew Schuster, Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
"I turned down two engineering job offers to become a friar and a priest, and I haven't regretted it for a moment! Surprisingly, I still get to use those skills on a pretty regular basis."
Vincent Yeager, Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular