I am a native of El Paso, and I am Twenty-seven years old. I grew up around the Thomason (now University Medical Center). My vocation began when I was nine years old. I was at my First Communion Mass at Our Lady of the Light Parish. I felt in my heart during the priests homily that I wanted to be a priest. I kept my feeling about priesthood secretly for a few years. I finally told my family that I wanted to be a priest when I grew up. At Henderson Middle School I began telling friends that. At Thomas Jefferson High School, I still had the desire to become a priest. During this time I was an altar server and a catechist at my parish. I would also visit St. Charles Seminary to pray, interact and just talk with the seminarians during high school.
I graduated from Jefferson in 2003, and went to the University of Texas-El Paso for my undergraduate studies. But I was studying to be a music teacher. I do not know why I chose music, but I did. I still felt in my heart that I wanted to be a priest, but music was where I was drawn to at that time. I was still active in the parish, and still in contact with St. Charles. Music proved to be a little challenging for me, so I switched my major to Philosophy, knowing that I needed that degree for the priesthood. I graduated from UTEP in the Fall of 2009. I entered St. Charles in the Fall of 2010 and spent a semesterd there getting used to seminary life. In the Spring of 2011 I went to Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, TX to begin my Theology studies. The Summer of 2011, Bishop Armando Ochoa asked if I would transfer to St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, TX. I began that fall semester in my first year of Theology. I am beginning my second year at St. Mary’s now. I feel in my heart that the Lord is calling me to priesthood, but I pray to do His will faithfully. God bless.