Rev. Roberto A. Andrey

Year of Ordination
1983

Ministry Assignment
St. Patrick Church, San Francisco—Pastor

When did you first think about becoming a priest?
I was twelve years old when I first began thinking about becoming a priest.

Please tell a bit of your background before entering the seminary: did you enter from high school, working, college, etc.?
I grew up in the Philippines and I entered a seminary for high school students. After graduating, I continued in the college seminary and finally the school of theology for my final studies before ordination.

What do you find the most enjoyable about priestly ministry?
I find ministering to the parishioners the most enjoyable part of my priestly life. Since our parish is located in downtown San Francisco, our parishioners come from everywhere. Some live in the neighborhood, many work downtown, and many people come to the church who are visiting from other parts of the U.S. and the world.

What makes being a San Francisco priest so great?
Being a priest in San Francisco is great because it is such a beautiful place and there is a great diversity of the people in the Archdiocese.

What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy during your free time?
During my free time, I enjoy walking around the City, going to the gym, and eating out. In San Francisco, there is always something new to try or to see.

What would you say to a young man considering the priesthood today?
I recommend a young man try seminary life and if he enjoys it, he will keep coming back until he is ordained a priest.