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​Archdiocese 101: Summer 2020

October 01, 2020 | posted by Diego Castellanos

Topics: Vocations


Archdiocese 101: Summer 2020

I was born and raised in San Antonio. My whole life I was involved in the Church. I helped with handing out hymnals, ushering, and altar serving from a young age. I always found myself going to Church functions outside of just Sunday Mass, typically because my parents would drag my three older brothers and I to them. As I got older, I became more involved with different ministries at church such as the Teen ACTS retreats. This gave me the opportunity to see other young Catholics living out their faith and gave me a community of people that I grew to call my family. I went to San Antonio College and then UTSA after high school where I found a whole new culture of young adult Catholics that I had never experienced before. These young men and women helped me grow in my faith and strive to live the gospel message. My second semester at UTSA I was able to experience Exodus 90, where I was personally pushed to free myself of all unnecessary things in my life. Through this process and the help of Father Jason Martini at UTSA, I was able to discern that the priesthood was calling me. After one full year in the seminary, I am excited to see where God takes me.

My summer in the Department for Pastoral Ministries has been excellent. I have become so much more aware of what the Chancery does not only on a practical level but very much on a spiritual level. It is difficult to put into mere words all that is done within the Chancery, and that is why their actions of accompaniment have spoken louder than any words I can use. I know now that if God is calling me to be a priest in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, I have a whole community of people ready to help me and pray for me so that God’s will may be done.