It was a beautiful experience to be in Omaha for the Summer program for priestly formation. There were around 170 seminarians from across the country.
This program helped me to communicate and share experiences with other seminarians from different dioceses in the United States. This variety in Omaha helped me to grow as a seminarian and understand more about American Culture.
There were three experiences for the ten weeks in Omaha. In my first week of classes, we were prepared by the formators to be ready for an eight-day silence retreat. In the second week, I enjoyed a beautiful retreat in which I grew in my relationship with God. It was very important to put all my struggles into God’s hands. I felt like it was a peaceful week in the presence of God because I could find refuge in Jesus and the intercession of Our Mother, Mary. Afterwards, we continued taking some classes and I had my ministry in a nursing home for the following weeks. It was at the nursing home Risen Son. It helped me to see the different needs of the people in nursing homes.
In conclusion, class, retreat, and ministry are complements that I needed to relate for my formation and to continue growing in my spiritual life. Also, it helped me to discern my vocation to the diocesan priesthood.