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​Testimonial of summer assignment

September 10, 2020 | posted by Guillermo Cruz

Topics: Vocations

Testimonial of summer assignment

I am originally from Mexico. My vocation to become a priest started in elementary school, but my desire became more formal when I entered the High School seminary in my home Diocese of Queretaro, where I studied for four years. When I was 19 years old, I decided to try the religious life and I entered the congregation of Legionaries of Christ for five years. After some discernment, I left the seminary and started to study English as second language and become a paralegal through the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In the four years after left the seminary, the desire to become a priest was still present in my life. Finally, I decided to give my call to priesthood another opportunity and I joined the seminary in the San Antonio Archdiocese.

This is my first summer assignment as a San Antonio seminarian. I enjoyed working in the pastoral ministries department through the 101 Program for three reasons. The first reason is that I had the opportunity to get to know the archdiocese better. I found ministries like catholic schools, young-adult ministry, Franciscan missions’ program, and liturgy very interesting. The second reason is the possibility of better understanding how some areas of the pastoral center work, which will be very helpful in logistics and management of the parish. Departments such as Administration, Tribunal, and the Office of Clergy will be helpful in my life as a future pastor and priest of the archdiocese. The final reason I enjoyed the program so much is that it helped me realize the importance and labor of the Catholic Church in our society through services such as Deaf Ministry, Catholic Charities, and lay ministry.

In summary, through my experience in the Pastoral Center, I discovered more faces of the archdiocese every day, and I feel more confident in using these experiences for work in the building of the Kingdom of God and salvation of souls.