"I cannot designate one singular moment as the first time that I felt Christ calling me to the priesthood. Since my early years in middle school, I have always felt an attraction to the priesthood and a longing to model my life after the example of many holy priests from my home parish, St. Pius X in Manchester. After years of spiritual maturation and prayerful discernment, my calling became more certain, and so, right after high school, I decided to enter college seminary and commit myself to the priestly formation program. I have become more secure in my belief that Christ is calling me to the priesthood, and so I give myself fully to the formation that seminary offers a person. Since seminary is also a place of discernment, I can only be completely sure of my vocation when, God willing and after a total of eight years in seminary, I am ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ."
Please pray for Ryan Amazeen and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. You can send a personal note to Ryan at: Mr. Ryan Amazeen, c/o c/o St. John's Seminary, 127 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135
Adrian Frackowiak comes from Poland and is studying to become a priest in the Diocese of Manchester while attending SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, MI.
"I was born in Gniezno in Poland and grew up in a practicing Catholic family with one younger sister. We lived in the same house with my grandmother near our local parish, so my grandmother would often take me to the church. I attended Mass daily. The idea to become a priest first entered my head when I was nine years old and an altar server. This thought has always accompanied me and has developed through the years.
After graduating from high school, I went to the seminary in my town. Near the end of my second year, an American priest visited us and talked of the great needs of the Church in the United States and of the vocation crisis. After hearing him, I decided to contact a Polish-American seminary in the USA.
In October 2014, I began my preparations to leave for the United States at the Polish House in Kraków, which is directly affiliated with the Orchard Lake seminary. In 2015, I arrived in the United States to start taking classes in theology and an ESL course at the seminary. During my first year, I had to visit three American dioceses. On Christmas, I visited the Diocese of Manchester and I stayed at Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish in Manchester. The pastor was Monsignor Anthony R. Frontiero. On the first day after arriving I participated in a beautiful Mass with the opening of the Holy Door for the Diocese of Manchester. I then decided to ask to study for priesthood in the Diocese of Manchester. I believe Christ is calling me to follow Him in a unique way because after two years in the seminary in Poland, He called me to the U.S.
For me the best gift of priesthood is celebrating the Eucharist. I am most excited about the power a priest has to celebrate Mass and change the simple substances of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ."
Please pray for Adrian Frackowiak and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. You can send a personal note to Adrian at: Mr. Adrian Frackowiak, c/o Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary, 3535 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake, MI 48324.
One of the special things about studying for the priesthood is being able to meet and work with many outstanding priests from our diocese, from the seminary, and from places beyond. They have helped me understand the many attributes and gifts that are required to become a holy and effective parish priest. Even more so, they express the true happiness and joy that comes from serving God’s people and from and from sharing in Christ’s priesthood. In my discernment and formation at St. John’s Seminary, these witnesses have helped me better realize what the priesthood is all about. Our Holy Father Pope Francis continues to share with the world a powerful example of how all Christians, especially priests, are called to lives of humility, simplicity, and holiness. His model of discipleship has shaped my own formation in many ways, and he offers a beautiful witness of the joy of following Jesus for any man who is discerning the priesthood.
Please pray for David Harris and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. You can send a personal note to David at: Rev. Mr. David Harris, c/o St. John's Seminary, 127 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135
I don't have a big, ah-ha! moment where I suddenly felt that I might be called, it's more something that's always been in the background of my mind. When I asked a vocation director about 10 years ago how to figure out if I had a vocation to the priesthood, he told me that the answers to some questions need to be lived into. I took him at his word and it took me a long time and a lot of living to decide to finally apply. I suppose I eventually got to the point where there were so many more reasons to go for it than there were to wait.
Please pray for Joshua Livingston and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. You can send a personal note to Joshua at: Mr. Joshua Livingston, c/o c/o St. John's Seminary, 127 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135
When I was eight years old, I received my first Holy Communion and I remember as I walked back to my pew after receiving my first Holy Communion, I remember feeling so close to the Lord that I wanted to share this feeling with others. Over the years, this thought continued to "haunt" me until finally, in my early thirties, I made a seven day silent Ignatian retreat. It was during this retreat that I felt two particular things: first, how much God loved me, and second, that I really and truly desired to be a priest because I wanted to share this love with others--to show them how much they are loved by our dear Lord.
Please pray for Matthew Schultz and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. You can send a personal note to Matthew at: Rev. Mr. Matthew Schultz, c/o St. John's Seminary, 127 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135
"I was 6 years old when I went to my first Mass, since then I have felt God silently calling me. I became more sure of my calling as I grew up in the Church, and with time in prayer. God has always blessed me with many good priests who served as examples of how the priesthood is something beyond themselves and is a gift from God; these men have always been an inspiration for me."
Please pray for Rory Traynor and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. You can send a personal note to Rory at: Mr. Rory Traynor, c/o Our Lady of Providence Seminary, 485 Mount Pleasant Avenue Providence, RI 02908
"For me, my discernment was a gradual process, which unfolded over a fairly long period of time, even though there were grace-filled moments which our Lord used to draw my heart to Him in powerful ways. One of the keys to my discernment, I think, was attending daily Mass and my time spent with our Lord in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. I was blessed to be able to spend time daily in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord, in the silence of a beautiful church, meditating, reading the lives of the saints, simply listening and allowing our Lord to increase my love for Him. This love blossomed into the desire to be conformed to Him in the way possible only through the sacrament of Holy Orders. Another key to my discernment was the great love for, and devotion to, the glorious and Immaculate Virgin Mary, our most Blessed Mother, which our Lord implanted in my heart, and which continues to bear fruit in wonderful and surprising ways. Our Blessed Mother is the perfect guide to union with Jesus, her Divine Son, and, if you ask her help, she will help you discern the plan that God has for you."
Please pray for David Wong and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. You can send a personal note to David at: Mr. David Wong, c/o St. John Seminary, 127 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135