San Antonio Seminarians

These are the men studying to be priests here in the Archdiocese. They are from different places, with different stories, and in different levels of study. If you are discerning, their stories may help you on your journey. We hope you will pray for them as they continue walking the path God has laid out for them.

Father David Chacko

Home Parish: St. Pius X-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: David Chacko

My vocation was most inspired by Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Reading and hearing about his holy example and love for Christ and his Church truly inspired me. Additionally, the example of holy priests that I know aided me in my discernment. I look forward to the opportunity to provide the sacraments to others as a priest. To be able to nourish others both physically and spiritually and to be an instrument of God’s grace to them are joys that I cannot wait to embrace!

Father Jordan Milligan

Home Parish: Holy Family-New Braunfels
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Jordan Milligan

My family – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins – have shown me what it is to love without ceasing. Together, along with our parish community members, they have helped me realize my vocation is one rooted in God’s love.

Man Nguyen

Level of Study: 4th Theology

Home Parish: Vietnamese Martyrs-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Man Nguyen

My vocation to the priesthood started with my two uncles who are priests. What I witnessed in their identity as priests was that they were full of bliss and generosity. The way they cared for their parishioners and their love for the ministry seemed to tremendously revitalize their identity as a priest. Seeing and witnessing their lives as priests has really made me, as I discern my own vocation to the priesthood, desire deeply to imitate my uncles in their own persona Christi. And to be like them in trusting in the Lord and seek to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Deacon Rafael A. Lopez-Negroni

Level of Study: 3rd Theology

Home Parish: St. Monica-Converse
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Deacon Rafael Lopez-Negroni

I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The desire to be close to the Eucharist inspired me to discern the priesthood. It is my intent to bring Christ closer to people through active listening, accompaniment, and showing the true love and mercy of God to all who genuinely want to invite Christ into their hearts.

Ottmar Tovar

Level of Study: 3rd Theology

Home Parish: St. Anthony Mary Claret-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Ottmar Tovar

I began to discover my vocation during my childhood in Mexico City, where I was inspired by the example of my first parish priest. The call remained and became clearer throughout the years, being later confirmed in the Shrine of Medjugorje through the loving intercession of Our Lady. I hope to be, by God’s grace and your prayers, a living reflection of Christ and an instrument of his mercy through the priestly ministry.

Rafael Becerra

Level of Study: 3rd Theology

Home Parish: Our Lady of Perpetual Health-Selma
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Rafael Becerra

I am following Christ; he has called me. He has inspired me the example of my spiritual director, Fr. Salvador Zúñiga, who with his life gave me an example of authentically following Christ. He taught me that only God is enough.

Robert Shelton

Level of Study: 3rd Theology

Home Parish: Our Lady of Guadalupe-Helotes
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Robert Shelton

My vocation was first inspired by the actions of the saints and martyrs throughout history. Their devotion to defending the Church and its people inspired me to serve. As a future priest, I am most looking forward to administering the sacraments and being there for people in their times of need.

Guillermo Cruz

Level of Study: 2nd Theology

Home Parish: St. Gregory the Great-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Guillermo Cruz Hernández

My vocation was inspired by the exemplary lives of my pastors Fr. Alejandro Ledesma and Fr. Daniel Wittrock, who taught me the importance of working for others and sharing Christ through the sacraments. In addition, I found great inspiration for my vocation to the priesthood in the Catholic faith visible in my parents, relatives, and friends. I am looking forward to joining the priesthood, especially to preach the gospel of Christ‘s kingdom and to administer the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.

Luis De La Cruz

Level of Study: 2nd Theology

Home Parish: St. Leo the Great-San Antonio

I have always loved reading the Lives of the Saints. These people were not afraid to love God in whatever vocation they were called to. It was the saints and the people who were placed in my path that inspired me to pursue this vocation.

Luis Horacio Gómez

Level of Study: 2nd Theology

Home Parish: Blessed Sacrament-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Luis Horacio Gómez

My vocation to the priestly life started when I’ve worked as an Accountant, I felt that God called me to serve the people in other ways, and the Priesthood has always been an option for me. Thanks to my spiritual director, Father Edwin Gomez, who has been accompanying me, I was able to listen carefully to the voice of God in my heart and say yes to His call. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to continue listening to the voice of God and His will for my life in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Edgar Hernandez

Level of Study: 2nd Theology

Home Parish: St. Agnes-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Jose Edgar Hernández

Serving to church has made me happy since I was a child. The closeness to people and the dedication of the priests in their work motivates me to serve others with the same passion. God, my family, and my friends will always give me the energy to achieve my desire to be a priest.

Moses Castro

Level of Study: 1st Theology

Home Parish: St. Andrew-Lytle
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Moses Castro

A continual breeze brought on by the Holy Spirit and a profound layering of grace in my life has led me to where I am today. I am grateful for the opportunity to discern a call to the priesthood with the desire only to fulfill God’s Holy Will in my life.

Erick Cruz

Level of Study: 1st Theology

Home Parish: Holy Trinity-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Erick Cruz

My vocation was most inspired by the faithful witness of many priests that I have been blessed to have in my life … while growing up, at college, and during my time as a missionary. Through their examples of what it means to be a priest, I felt the unrest of wanting to pursue my vocation. If my vocation is to be a priest, then I wish nothing more than to be an instrument of God’s love and mercy to His people and to help those I minister to reach sanctity.

Prashanth Kumar

Level of Study: 1st Theology

Home Parish: St. Paul Catholic Church – San Antonio

Those hundreds of Priests and Religious nuns that were part of my parish and whom I would see at church every Sunday at Mass have always inspired me, in addition to my pastors. I am looking forward to celebrating the Sacraments and being available to the people I am entrusted with whenever they need me the most. I want to be within reach of the parishioners at all times.

Joseph Duque

Level of Study: 2nd Pre-Theology

Home Parish: Prince of Peace-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Joseph Duque

My vocation journey began while reading about and watching the lives of holy and courageous priests, as well as hearing God calling me during moments of Adoration. If I am truly called to be a priest, I look forward to being an instrument of God’s mercy and love through the sacraments, and bringing the truth of God to the world.

Javier Alvarado

Level of Study: 2nd Pre-Theology

Home Parish: Blessed Sacrament-San Antonio
Podcast: Seminarian Q&A: Javier Alvarado

Mary inspired my vocation for her acceptance of God’s invitation, and also by imitating her practice of faith, hope, and charity. My goal is the salvation of millions of souls and to spread devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

John Bonnin

Level of Study: 1st Pre-Theology

Home Parish: Prince of Peace – San Antonio

I was inspired by a few priests and teachers who seemed to see past the embattled mentality of our times, perceiving our perpetual duty to love and accompany all the beloved children of God without exception. I want to bring peace and happiness and the gift of true dialog to everyone I can!

Levels of Study

There are the various levels of seminary study:

  • Language – Study for English proficiency
  • College – For those who do not yet have an undergraduate degree, there is a college seminary program
  • Pre-Theology – For those who have an undergraduate or other degrees but have not completed the required number of credit hours in Philosophy and Religious studies set by the US Bishops
  • Theology – There are 4 years of Theology in the major seminary program
  • Pastoral Year/Internship – Usually between the second and third year of Theology, the seminarians spend a year living in a parish community learning hands on through full-time ministry
  • Spirituality Program – Study of Catholic Spirituality and extra pastoral training

Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of San Antonio

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San Antonio, Texas 78228
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