This past week I had the opportunity to experience my first convocation. The experience was such a blessing in many ways. One of the things I truly loved about the convocation was being able to see my fellow seminary brothers that I rarely get to see in a daily basis. The convocation made it possible to grow bonds with the rest of the seminarians through various activities that included sports and table games. The convocation also made it possible to create a stronger bond with Bishop Mark. Not only did he take us hiking but he also played volleyball with us and I had the opportunity to talk with him 1 on 1. The convocation also consisted of daily Mass, praying the rosary daily, and praying the Liturgy of the Hours which was also a nice experience since it was a group. We also had the opportunity to share our experience throughout the whole year which helped me realize that at times I am not the only one that goes through hard times. In our free time we had, I was able to have more personal talks with my fellow brothers and was able to realize that we have a lot of things in common. The convocation served as an event that helped me reflect upon my vocation, grow stronger bonds among my seminary brothers, and at the same time rest up and get ready for this coming year.