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My pastoral year

My pastoral year

Pastoral year is a program of the diocese for all the seminarians who are usually in the second or third year in theology. Each and every seminarian of the diocese in theology level needs to be ready for the internship program. Pastoral year is equivalent to “on the job training” for the all students studying […]

Transition Back To Seminary

Transition Back To Seminary

I have returned to for my third year of theology here at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, TX.  I have two more years left if I am to be ordained priest.  The transition for Pastoral Year to the seminary was somewhat easy.  I know that seminary is only temporal and the two years will be […]

The Convocation: Such a Great Blessing

The Convocation: Such a Great Blessing

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 […]

Español: inmersión total en Guadalajara

Español: inmersión total en Guadalajara

Yo soy afortunado por tener la oportunidad de estudiar español en Mexico, particularmente  en la famosa ciudad de Guadalajara. Before I  left  El  Paso, many of my friends were asking me how I feel and what are my  expectations. I simply replied,  “I always enjoy what I am doing. Its  going to be  an adventure and […]

El Verano en la Parroquia St. Joseph

El Verano en la Parroquia St. Joseph

Ha sido muy bonito regresar a St. Joseph, ya que había tenido la oportunidad de estar acá hace tres años en el asignamiento de verano. Ver de nuevo a las personas de la parroquia de St. Joseph trae bonitos recuerdos, pero también es necesario ver cuanto he crecido en mi vocación. Una de las preguntas […]

Discipleship: A Journey in Faith

Discipleship: A Journey in Faith

Have you ever had a moment in your life when you ask this burning question: Which way, Lord? I guess all of us have gone through a lot of experiences, wherein we have to make major decisions in life. Some of these major decisions might be painful, but they help us to be who we […]

My assignment at Santo Niño de Atocha

My assignment at Santo Niño de Atocha

Great summer, a time were people can get burned, or like my mom says “Para que te pongas prietito”; in other words, so you can get your skin more burned! It is also a great time for mosquitos; “love them”. And also the best time were all of us show our true smell, of sweat, […]

My summer at Van Horn, TX

My summer at Van Horn, TX

As I live my years in seminary, God allows me to experience the richness and beauty of Our Mother Church. This summer I was assigned to help in Our Lady of Fatima Parish, at Van Horn. Even though it is a rural community and I am a “city-boy”, I have fallen in love with it. […]

Transitions

Transitions

Being in seminary, one gets use to many transitions.  I have now transitioned from my Pastoral Internship in May to my Summer Assignment.  I am going to remain in the same parish, Blessed Sacrament, for the summer, but my role and responsibilities are changing a little.  During my internship, I had formal paperwork to fill […]

Spring Semester of Pastoral Year Experience

Spring Semester of Pastoral Year Experience

I have begun my second part of Pastoral Year here at Blessed Sacrament parish.  The first semester went well and I finally adjusted to parish life and also being back in El Paso again after being away for close to three years.  In January I returned to St. Mary’s Seminary for my annual retreat.  The […]