Year of Study: Theology IV

Home Parish: Holy Angels

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1. When did you first think about becoming a priest?

I first thought about becoming a priest when I was about 5 years old. I grew up in a very
traditional Filipino Catholic household, and we attended Mass every Sunday. I remember
always wanting to do what “Father” did on the altar. I would also gather the kids at
daycare to play Mass.

2. Please tell a bit of your background before entering the seminary: did you enter from
high school, working, college, etc.?

Before entering the seminary, I was a student at San Francisco State University. During
my studies, I also worked part-time at my alma mater, Holy Angels School in Colma.

3. What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing during your free time?

One of my hobbies is playing the piano. I also enjoy listening to music, watching movies,
spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

4. Who is your favorite saint?

My favorite saint is our Blessed Mother. An exemplar of faith and courage, Mary shows
us what it means to have unwavering trust in God and His will for our lives. Like her, we
must echo her fiat: “Let it be done unto me according to Thy word.” Other saints that I
have come to befriend are St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Therese of Lisieux,
St. Francis de Sales, St. Dominic Savio, and Blessed Solanus Casey.

5. What has been your favorite spiritual reading book?

My favorite spiritual book is Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales.
Written for common folk, Francis’ words inspire one to imitate the Lord in His meekness,
humility, and gentleness of heart – a few virtues that I think are essential for priesthood.
Another favorite book is The Story of a Soul, by St. Therese of Lisieux, who teaches us
the importance of spiritual childhood in one’s vocation given to us by the Father.

6. What do you most look forward to in your life as, God willing, a future priest?

I look forward to offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the people of God, and
reconciling them to His mercy and love through the sacrament of Confession. The
priesthood of Jesus Christ is centered on the salvation of souls. I can’t imagine a more
fulfilling life than that of partaking in this sacred mission, through the celebration of the
sacraments. It is through the sacraments and the hands of the priest where grace upon
grace flows, as he knocks on Heaven’s door. To be an instrument of the Lord’s grace for
others for the rest of my life would be the greatest gift.

7. What would you say to a young man considering the priesthood today?

Be not afraid and dare to be great, for you were made for greatness. The things of this world will never
quench the thirst and hunger of your soul. True peace is only possible in God, and Him alone. Spend
time in silence before the throne of Love Himself in Eucharistic Adoration. The disciple must always
remain at the feet of the Master, in order to hear His voice. Befriend the saints and stay close to your
Blessed Mother. Cling to her Rosary for she will never lead her sons astray.