"I felt the calling to priesthood at a very young age, even though I responded twenty years later. I realized that things happen at God's time..."
- Abraham Berrera Pelayo, Diocese of Monterey
"I always wanted to be a professional sports reporter; over time, I discovered that God desired for me to report on a different sort of "news": the Good News!"
- Connor Penn, Diocese of St. Petersburg
"I am one of seven kids, 43 grandchildren, 114 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren."
- Estevan Wetzel, Diocese of Phoenix
"Before entering the Seminary I ministered to college students at a secular university. Helping young adults get to know Christ and to understand their God given dignity has been a huge blessing in my life and vocation."
- Louie Girard Ison Reyes, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
"I can mimic people pretty well. If I know you long enough, I can probably do an impression of you."
- Michael Berndt, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
"I enjoy running, love to sing, and have a definitive favorite author: the Canadian Michael O'Brien."
- Peter Gallagher, Diocese of Camden
"I have always wanted to be a priest since the 2nd grade."
- Shawn Polman, Diocese of New Ulm
"From a young age, I wanted to teach history in a Catholic school where I could also coach. I achieved this goal in my mid-20s, and I loved every moment of it. I then realized that God had other plans for me, and I left teaching and coaching to join the Dominicans. I do not regret my decision in the least, as I have found more joy in this life than I could have ever imagined."
- Christopher Johnson, Dominicans, Province of St. Albert the Great
"As an altar server, I started thinking about the priesthood at age ten. But growing up, I wanted to be a medical doctor because I am always fascinated with the art of medicine and the bodily healing that comes with it. Now that I am on the path to priesthood, I don't think I have lost that desire to heal, no. Although I will not be able to heal bodily ailments as a medical doctor, but as a priest, I can heal spiritually as I administer the sacraments (of healing) to the people of God."
- Stanislaus Achu, Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts
"I wanted to be the next Food-Network star, but God had other plans for me! I answered the vocation to become a priest in 2008, at a Vocational Meeting hosted by the Neocatechumenal Way, after the World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia."
- Darren M. Santo Tomas, Archdiocese of Newark
"I used to be on our high school varsity golf team."
- Justin Oh, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
"I am the youngest grandchild on both sides of my family (out of almost 60 cousins)."
- Tony Klein, Diocese of Sioux Falls
"I needed to get stiches 5 times before the age of 15, all on my head, and twice in the same place!"
- Matthew Miller, Diocese of Duluth
"My doctors didn't think I would be able to walk because of my handicap, but God proved them wrong. Some of my personal interests include liturgical architecture, calligraphy, sketching, photography and video-editing."
- Lorenzo Penalosa, Order of St. Benedict
"I draw cartoons and make comic pamphlets and write all kinds of poems."
- Angelbert Chikere, Diocese of San Jose
"I disliked going to church as a child. Thanks be to God, I cannot picture my life outside of Christ's Church."
- Denning Achidi, Diocese of Buffalo
"I like to birdwatch, drink tea and ski moguls."
- Christopher Considine, Archdiocese of Denver
"I spend as much time painting and drawing for leisure as I did begrudgingly as an architecture student. My passion and skill have been at the service of the Church now for six years, and now the chapels, chalices and vestments I design are neither arbitrary nor taxing to do."
- Andy DeRouen, Diocese of Lake Charles
"At one point in high school, I thought I wanted to become a video game designer."
- Matthew Zwilling, Diocese of Youngstown
"I love the NBA especially the team Chicago Bulls."
- Rafal Borowiejski, Diocese of Rockville Centre
"I was a college cheerleader at the University of Michigan prior to entering Seminary."
- Kevin Moebius, Diocese of Toledo
"My father's family are Norwegian and Swedish. I consider my beard as part of my Viking heritage! I was born in a small town in Kansas that promotes its Swedish roots. My Mom's family is German and Irish, hence my red hair and freckles. I played drums in a band with my best college mates. We did about a dozen concerts. I made my living after college as a restaurant cook and even owned a restaurant in Kansas with my father."
- Brandon Berg, OFM Capuchins
"I started learning organ at about seven years old, served as a parish organist for three churches in high school before seminary. I've always been somewhat of a "tech guy" too, so much so that, combined with being an organist, many would never guess I grew up on a farm."
- Daniel Belken, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau