Raphael RoxasRaphael Roxas

Second Pre-Theology

Parish:  St. George Greek Melkite, Milwaukee

Seminary:  St. Francis de Sales

Birthday:  November 20

Intercessor:  Archangel Raphael


Describe yourself:

I’m a hard-working farm boy who’s following the Lord.

Tell us your vocation story:

Growing up, I always knew that priesthood was an option, but I didn’t really consider it. I discovered my vocation through the archdiocesan vocations camps. I started getting serious about my vocation when I realized that I was always thinking about the priesthood. At a discernment camp during the summer after my junior year, I really felt the call to the seminary and a great peace in accepting that call, and that prompted me to trust in God and ask for the application.

What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?

The greatest challenge that I encountered was the willingness to say, “I think that God is calling me to the seminary, and I trust Him completely with this decision that will change my life.”

What is your favorite Psalm verse and why?

My favorite verse is Psalm 16:5:

"O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup. It is you yourself who are my prize. The lot marked out for me is my delight: welcome indeed the heritage that falls to me!"

This is from Thursday Night Prayer; it is my favorite because it expresses how, as seminarians, our vocation is joyful, because our lot is the Lord. 

What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?

I like to work on the farm, especially with my Hereford beef cattle. I play any sport and enjoy spending time with my younger brothers and sisters.

Where do you like to go to pray?

I like to pray in our chapel at St. Joseph. Having a beautiful chapel helps draw our minds to God as we pray.

Where do you do your best studying?

I do my best studying in my room, at my desk. I also like studying in our library next to the chapel.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

People wishing to pray for my vocation should pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She always said “Yes” to God, and as a seminarian, that is what I try to do. Thank you for the prayers. I’ll be praying for you as well.

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