Parish: Basilica of St. Josaphat, St. Joseph, Waukesha
Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales
Birthday: October 11
Intercessor: Padre Pio, Saint Benedict, Our Lady Queen of Angels, and the Holy Angels.
I am a beloved son and faithful loyal servant of God. I am from Venezuela. I was born and grew up in a small and beautiful city known as San Carlos.
I am the oldest of three. My family origin is from farmers, who were linked with agriculture, livestock and love for nature. I come from a mestizo family: mixed-blood: African, indigenous and Spanish blood of which I feel proud.
Tell us your vocation story:
When I was a child, I had a very beautiful relationship with God, and an amazing communication with Jesus. I felt the inclination and love to serve God’s people. From an early age, I felt a penchant for religious life, the Holy Bible, and all Catholic and spiritual books drew me. So, at home when I played, I pretended that I was a priest, and celebrated the Eucharist. I began serving as an altar server at the Cathedral. I felt that I was close to God.
During my studies in high school, I felt a sense in my heart that Jesus was calling me to serve God as a priest. It was a big impulse, a falling in love with God but I took another way and I started my studies at the university. During that time, the desire to be a priest did not continue. After I finished my studies from the university, I felt again the beautiful call to be a priest, but at that time I had begun a doctoral program in Russia, where it was a very difficult, empty, lonely and hard time for me.
In 2009, I returned to Venezuela and began to work at a university. However, despite professional development, academic, scientific and professional successful, I felt empty in my life. But God in his great mercy had other plans for my life. After a retreat of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal my life changed, and I started to experience the love of God in my life.
In 2012, I began to be active in the parish, under the guidance of Father Oswaldo Garcia, who was my spiritual adviser. I had the desire to surrender my life completely to God’s will, a total dependence on God who showed me the way to follow and by his grace I began to be a Seminarian of Archdiocese of Milwaukee since August 2016.
What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?
I think the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary is expressed in Luke 14: 25-33, when Jesus describes the cost of being a disciple. It means no attachment to anyone or anything above God. To have a total surrender to God’s will.
What is your favorite psalm verse and why?
Psalm 91. When I read or meditate on this psalm, I can experience God love and I can be confident that God’s presence protects me and his people in every place and situation. It is his promise of salvation to those who really trust God like a child.
What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?
I love riding horses, swimming and walking around by the lake.
Where do you like to go to pray?
I like to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Where do you do your best studying?
At the library or in my room.
Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
Our Lady Queen of Angels, and the Holy Angels.