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Ordination Class of 2012 Quotes

 

Quotes from members of the Ordination Class of 2012
that were not pictured.


Fr. Jason Adams


People would be surprised to know that I am a 5th generation Catholic from a small town in South Georgia.


Fr. Donald Anstoetter


People would be surprised to know that I enjoy backpacking with my dad.


Fr. Kevin Bellot CSsR


People would be surprised to know that I am from the "Nature Island of the Caribbean!!"


Fr. Eric Bennett


People would be surprised to know that I discovered my call to the priesthood in my time as a physical therapist.


Fr. Joseph Bergida


People would be surprised to know that I was prepared well for seminary by my membership in the Legion of Mary, which greatly aided in my discernment.  On a lighter note, it might surprise some to know that street hockey was and still is one of my favorite sports.


Fr. Francis Bitterman


People would be surprised to know that I lived in Italy for two years and traveled to more than 24 countries.


Fr. Thomas Boharic


People would be surprised to know that I was in three punk rock bands in high school.


Fr. Justin Braun


People would be surprised to know that I am a novice percussionist, enjoy meterology and astronomy, and I am an avid promoter of drinking tap water. I enjoy most anything to do with the study of the oceans.


Fr. Justin Marie Brophy


People would be surprised to know that I learned about the Dominican Religious Order by reading Dante.

 

Fr. Raymond Bueno OCD


People would be surprised to know that I I started to consider the priesthood when I read the rule of St. Benedict.  I spoke to a new priest that was assigned to my parish and he took me to the minor seminary in San Diego so I could talk to the students and the formators.  There I realized that God was calling me to be a priest in a religious order.


Fr. Jerry Byrd


People would be surprised to know that I have a lot of hobbies. I enjoy writing music, cooking, and making vestments, just to name a few.


Fr. Juan Manuel Camacho


People would be surprised to know that I would describe myself as a simple Christian who wants to live the Gospel to its fullest.


Fr. Hugo Cano


People would be surprised to know that one of the best memories of my life that helped me to discern my vocation to the priesthood was to participate in the events that my home parish, San Raphael Archangel, prepared for the youth during Christmas and Holy Week. They were activities full of music, dance, games, bible stories, reflections, and cultural activities. All those experiences helped a lot to discover the richness of our Catholic faith and Jesus' call.


Fr. Reuben Chen


People would be surprised to know that I enjoy keeping planted fish tanks and tinkering with gadgets.


Fr. Ray Cook


People would be surprised to know that besides the fact that I love Christ and feel called to serve people, I am just a normal everyday guy.


Fr. Francis Critch OFM Cap


People would be surprised to know that I once owned a restaurant in Canada for a number of years. I have two brothers who are diocesan priests, one in Canada and one in Florida.


Fr. Robert Cro


People would be surprised to know that I was mentioned in GQ magazine.


Fr. Trinidad Cuevas


People would be surprised to know that I am the oldest of 18 brothers and sisters, all born and raised in Orange County California. My big family is the greatest sign of Gods love for me. I am very grateful to my parents for being open to life.


Fr. Keith Cummings


People would be surprised to know that I did a number of TV and Radio interviews around the country to promote a novel I wrote about 10 years ago.


Fr. Leonard Dim


People would be surprised to know that I become a priest after so many years of being in and out of the formation process. My discernment period took awhile to complete because I really wanted to be sure of my vocation.


Fr. Theodore Dorcey


People would be surprised to know that I was a paratrooper.


Fr. William Dotson


People would be surprised to know that I spent 37 days backpacking Europe by myself.


Fr. Franklin Duran


People would be surprised to know that I learned to play the guitar because I wanted to sing for Mass.


Fr. Zachary Edgar


People would be surprised to know that I was the head coach and manager of  a Senior American Legion Baseball team for four summers after high school graduation.


Fr. Kevin Fazio


People would be surprised to know that I am a licensed pilot.


Fr. Samuel Futral


People would be surprised to know that I play the organ and piano. I also have an interest in amateur astronomy and enjoy cycling.


Fr. Sebastian Gargol


People would be surprised to know that I was born in Wroclaw, Poland and came to the U.S. at the age of 22 to continue my preparation to the priesthood of Christ at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mi.


Fr. Jose Carlos Garzon-Pastrana


People would be surprised to know that I never considered being a priest until later in my life.


Fr. Felipe Gonzalez


People would be surprised to know that I was working in the missions in India, Pakistan, SriLanka and Nepal from 2004-2008.


Fr. John Grant


People would be surprised to know that I am a cradle Catholic, an Eagle Scout, and have travelled to 8 different countries in central America, Europe, & Asia for a religious pilgrimage and service prior to becoming a Seminarian.  The Newman Center at a secular private university is most responsible for fostering my vocation.


Fr. James Grebe


People would be surprised to know that I played the sousaphone in highschool marching band.


Fr. Vincent Guest


People would be surprised to know that I returned to the seminary after working for the poor as a lawyer.


Fr. Andres Gutierrez


People would be surprised to know that I first heard the call to discern the priesthood while praying in Adoration at St. Mary's Catholic Center in my senior year at Texas A&M University.


Fr. Thomas Held


People would be surprised to know that I wanted to be a priest partly because I desire to witness to the world the beauty of the Sacrament of Marriage. Ultimately, it's the beauty of the Holy Trinity that I wish to make known and loved.


Fr. Timothy Hepner


People would be surprised to know that I was not labeled as the typical, religious kid when I was young.  Between the ages of ten and seventeen, I did not tell any of my friends at school that I was thinking about the priesthood.


Fr. Jeivi Hercules


People would be surprised to know that I would be called to the priesthood in this country. It never crossed my mind when I left my country that God would call me to this vocation.


Fr. Daniel Hunt


People would be surprised to know that I had a Hole In One in a golf outing.


Fr. Isak Keyman-Ige


People would be surprised to know that I am the only Somali Catholic priest in the world. I am happy to be a Somali-Priest.  This fact tells me that is it still  possible for Somalia to come out from the ashes of its civil war.


Fr. Daniel Kirk


People would be surprised to know that I found my vocation through the Bishop's Annual Appeal while a freshman in high school.


Fr. Brandon Kleckner


People would be surprised to know that I am an Eagle Scout who found a good faith foundation within Scouting growing up, while at  the same time hearing God's call to explore a vocation. I love life and creation. I believe that the image of God is impressed in everything good; I want to help people see the awesome reality of the beauty of God all around them so they can encounter God in deeper ways. Knowing the God who sacrificed Himself for us out of utter love is everyone's vocation.


Fr. Robert Krueger


People would be surprised to know that I first began to think about priesthood during the Papal Mass at the 2002 World Youth Day in Toronto.  When I received the Eucharist there, for the first time I truly realized Who I was receiving.


Fr. Marco Marroquin


People would be surprised to know that I like carpentry.


Fr. Gilbert Rushubirwa Mashurano


People would be surprised to know that I worked as a community organiser in Morogoro-Tanzania when I was doing my bachelor in philosophy.


Fr. John Masson


People would be surprised to know that I think the best analogy for the spiritual life is juggling.  When you keep your eyes on the highest point (God), everything seems to fall into place.


Fr. Mark Colin Maxon


People would be surprised to know that being an older vocation I am aware of how life can take its twists and turns in the journey of faith, hope and love. My vocation to the priesthood is a gift from God. I am truly thankful for all who have supported me in this wonderful journey.


Fr. Patrick McConnell


People would be surprised to know that I first wanted to be a priest after my parish priest talked to our second grade class with his dentures in his hand. Now I realize that God guided me through it all, even with dentures!


Fr. Brandon Moravitz


People would be surprised to know that I once attended a Protestant Bible College and was the only Catholic on the campus.  Yet, this was the place that led to my conversion and deep love for the Catholic faith.  In addition to this, my younger brother is a priest and my father is a permanant deacon.


Fr. Ben Muhlenkamp


People would be surprised to know that before I went to seminary I sold cars at a Toyota dealership and had some success in that field.  Yet, making money didn't satisfy me, and I was looking for something more.  The most rewarding thing in my life was working with the youth group, and my prayer life.


Fr. Tam Nguyen


People would be surprised to know that I like sport and fishing.


Fr. Tri John-Bosco Nguyen


People would be surprised to know that I have been formed as a religious by the Salesians of St. John Bosco, and as a diocesan priest.  I am comfortable with both life-styles.


Fr. Emile Noel


People would be surprised to know that I was an engineer for NASA before entering, and that I continue to keep up with developments in natural and space sciences.


Fr. Joseph Palacios


People would be surprised to know that I served as a chaplain at Philmont Scout Ranch for two summers.  I also participated in the St. George Trek in 2011 as an advisor, and had a great time.


Fr. Salvatore Palazzolo


People would be surprised to know that I enjoy just about all outdoor activities such as: hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, bike riding, and boating.


Fr. Jaime Perea


People would be surprised to know that I resisted responding to God's invitation to the priesthood because I felt unworthy to serve Him as a priest.  Eventually, I understood that priests are human, but God is divine.


Fr. Jeremy Ploof


People would be surprised to know that I am really interested in the science of movies and music.


Fr. Alejandro Puello


People would be surprised to know that I had never thought of priesthood and had not been a practicing Catholic until I came to the United States.


Fr. Walter Andrei Quiceno Garcia


People would be surprised to know that I never wanted to go to the seminary, because my brother was already a priest. I thought that one priest was enough in our family. After I went on a  hike in the highest mountains of Colombia, I came back with the desire of being a priest.


Fr. Daniel Quinn


People would be surprised to know that I performed in a small choir in Europe.  We performed in many churches and cathedrals, which not only increased my appreciation of architecture, but also of the immensity, age, and accomplishments of the Church which built them, our Church.


Fr. Guillermo Ramirez


People would be surprised to know that I like to go camping, hiking, and do all kind of activities outdoors.


Fr. Charles Ray


People would be surprised to know that I never thought I would become a priest; but knew the call to 'universal holiness' was crucial to my eternal happiness.  Since entering the seminary I have enjoyed following God's will immensely.


Fr. Brian Reedy SJ


People would be surprised to know that I went to my first Mass by myself.  My decision to become Catholic was initially a matter of intellectual conversion, but later developed into a love of sacramental life, especially a love of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.


Fr. E Orlando Reyes OFM Cap


People would be surprised to know that I by the immense grace of God that I came this far and God has a special call for me to serve our brothers and sisters.


Fr. Marcos Rivas


People would be surprised to know that it took me 12 years to make the decision to become a monk; I was too afraid. These last six years have been the happiest of my life.


Fr. Alex Roche


People would be surprised to know that I used to bake bagels professionally.


Fr. Jose Rodriguez


People would be surprised to know that I play several instruments, and I love the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.


Fr. Lukasz Rokita


People would be surprised to know that I am a happy man because God called me to the priesthood so I can grow more in holiness and help others to find God or to deepen their relationship with Him. We all can make a difference if we entrust our lives to God.


Fr. Fredy Sanchez


People would be surprised to know that I love being a follower of Jesus Christ.

Fr. Sebastian Sandoval OFM


People would be surprised to know that I finished my undergraduate education while studying abroad.


Fr. David Santos


People would be surprised to know that I appreciate my training as a soldier.  It has certainly assisted me in developing good leadership skills and discipline that will serve me well as a priest.


Fr. Andres Serna


People would be surprised to know that I felt called by Christ to be a priest in the Holy Childhood (Infancia Misionera) group at my home parish when I was just 8 years old.


Fr. Musil Shihadeh


People would be surprised to know that I attended Protestant Vacation Bible programs and Protestant Saturday morning programs with friends, who encouraged me to continually read the Bible.  It wasn't until seminary that I found out the fullness of the Bible in the Church.


Fr. Paul Snyder


People would be surprised to know that I didn't always believe God was calling me to be a priest. After graduating from college and working at a great job, I began to attain the type of success that world says will bring happiness.  It is then I began to realize that my real fulfillment was in my relationship with Jesus Christ. For the first time I began to really pray about the thoughts of priesthood that had come to me throughout my life.


Fr. Samuel Spiering


People would be surprised to know that I had a dream at the age of 12 of my bishop ordaining me.


Fr. Mark Stronach


People would be surprised to know that I am the son of a man who was a pentecostal minister.


Fr. Ryan Tabale


People would be surprised to know that I am introverted type of person.


Fr. Emmanuel Taylor OP


People would be surprised to know that I explored the deep sea at 10,000 feet in the submarine Alvin.


Fr. Daniel Tesvich SJ


People would be surprised to know that I studied in a diocesan seminary before joining the Jesuits.  Hopefully no one will be surprised to learn that I am excited and humbled to be able to share my love for Christ and His Church as a priest.


Fr. Luis Tinajero


People would be surprised to know that I grew up in a small and very religious town in Mexico. As I was growing up, I was involved in the parrochial activities of my home parish, this shaped my desire to serve Christ and his people to the point that I joined the seminary at an early age.


Fr. Alfonso Tran


People would be surprised to know that I see my vocation as simply a response to how much Christ loves me. Knowing that he died for me, I can't help myself but want to die for him.


Fr. Mac Tran


People would be surprised to know that I am a mechanical person.


Fr. Alan Tremblay


People would be surprised to know that I never considered being a priest, only because it never occurred to me,  until I was a young adult (20 years old) and began to pray with an open heart for God to show me what he wanted from me. Even then, it took me eight years before applying to seminary.


Fr. Peter Tremblay


People would be surprised to know that I am a survivor of a serious heart condition that has resulted in multiple open-heart surgeries.  It was because of the faith of my family and the experience of God's presence in my suffering that I felt that I could live a life that served others in this vocation. Apart from my life as a friar my avocation is fine woodworking.  I tend to work with a lot of hand tools... sort of like Jesus and Joseph would have done it.


Fr. William Van Dynhoven


People would be surprised to know that I love to play disc golf when I am not reading or studying and love to visit family and friends.


Fr. Paul Vu


People would be surprised to know that I was approved and almost accepted the offer to do my doctoral internship with the U.S. Air Force.


Fr. James Wallace


People would be surprised to know that my first real experience of prayer and thoughts of priesthood came while playing football.


Fr. Thomas Wanitsky


People would be surprised to know that I used to play a gangster and a cowboy at Walt Disney World before I entered seminary.


Fr. Peter Wigton


People would be surprised to know that I love to sing and song-write.


Fr. Christopher Williams


People would be surprised to know that I used to sell drugs for a living.


Fr. Brian Wood


People would be surprised to know that I can be forthright when I need to be.


Fr. Jonah Wright OSB


People would be surprised to know that I traveled to India, owned a restaurant, was an avid fan of Ayn Rand.


Fr. Michael Zimmer


People would be surprised to know that I was often teased by my family to be the first to marry even though I was the youngest of six children.  I did not really consider the priesthood till late highschool, and even that was a passing thought.   I am grateful to be a priest for Jesus Christ.


Fr. Joseph Zwosta


People would be surprised to know that I was inspired to discern the priesthood by the example of a number of holy and dedicated Jesuits at Georgetown University.



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