Year of Study: Theology I
Home Parish: Contemplatives of St. Joseph Monastery
1. When did you first think about becoming a priest?
I was about 10 years old when I first started to hear the call.
2. Please tell a bit of your background before entering the seminary: did you enter from high school, working, college, etc.?
I was born and raised in Croatia (Europe) and had lived there until 2016, when I moved to San Francisco, where God’s tremendous calling happened again after many years. My life before was something between going to church, searching for spirituality, and at the same time being involved in the world.
After rediscovering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Mystery of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist is what “pulled me in” like a magnet, and the rest is history. Before starting the seminary, I had to finish college, which I did in 2019. Also, I am a brother within the Contemplatives of St. Joseph monastic order and hoping to be ordained as a priest-monk for the same order.
3. What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing during your free time?
I love to go on hikes, ride my bicycle. and do some physical exercise whenever it is possible. Also, I love to listen to Gregorian chant, read good spiritual, theological or philosophical books.
4. Who is your favorite saint?
Of course, number one saint for me is Our Lady. Next to her are St. Joseph, St. John Paul II, and St. Michael the Archangel.
5. What has been your favorite spiritual reading book?
There are so many great and spiritually rich books that it is hard to single out one (apart from the Bible). If I would have to answer, my two favorite books are Philokalia and Fire Within.
6. What do you most look forward to in your life as, God willing, a future priest?
To be an instrument for Our Lord in a very profound way, especially in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and to share in His life as the Priest-Victim.
7. What would you say to a young man considering the priesthood today?
Have faith, persevere! It is not easy, but with God, all things are possible. The Church needs good and holy men who are willing to swim against the current and resist the spirit of the age by proclaiming the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and living a holy way of life, especially in today’s secular culture. Some many things are trying to distract us from the voice of Christ. Find a place where you can often be silent so that His voice can be heard in your heart.
Again, have faith and persevere! Look to Our Lady who said: “…fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.” (“…be it done to me according to thy word.”)
This complete surrender is what God wants from those whom He calls. If the call to become a priest keeps coming back, do not try to resist it, but say as Samuel did: “Loquere, Domine, quia audit servus tuus.” (“Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears.”)