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San Antonio Seminarians

These are the men studying to be priests here in the Archdiocese. They are from different places, with different stories, and in different levels of study. If you are discerning, their stories may help you on your journey. We hope you will pray for them as they continue walking the path God has laid out for them.

Deacon Edward Gonzales

Level of Study: 4th Theology

Home Parish: St. Monica - Converse

My vocation really manifested itself while I was teaching for Confirmation preparation at my home parish. I continue to grow spiritually and pastorally under the many priests who have taken time to invest themselves in my discernment. I ask for your prayers as I seek to serve God and the people of the Archdiocese of San Antonio to the best of my ability.

Deacon Paul Melgarejo

Level of Study: 4th Theology

Home Parish: St. Francis of Assisi - San Antonio

I was inspired by the witness of priests like Fr. Dennis Arrechiga, Fr. Jimmy Drennan, Fr. Eric Ritter, and Fr. Larry Christian who inspired my vocation. They helped me to see God's call in many ways and to feel the Holy Spirit's movement in me. Because of this, I decided to follow Jesus Christ's call to serve him with all my heart and soul. If granted the grace of priesthood, I hope to help bring unity to my community, with compassion and humility. "For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation." - Psalm 149:4

Michael Coronado

Level of Study: 3rd Theology

Home Parish: St. Francis of Assisi - San Antonio

My vocation story started in high school and was nurtured by the movement of Life Teen and its mission to lead teens closer to Christ, especially in the Eucharist. As a college student, youth minister, and high school teacher, I attempted to ignore the call, but through the Eucharist, God has called me to be a father. I am in seminary to discern if I am called to be a spiritual father in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ, or even a physical father as husband. Pray for me.

Alexius Ohaeri

Level of Study: 3rd Theology

Home Parish: Abuja, Nigeria

David Chacko

Level of Study: Pastoral Year

Home Parish: St. Pius X - San Antonio

My vocation was most inspired by Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Reading and hearing about his holy example and love for Christ and his Church truly inspired me. Additionally, the example of holy priests that I know aided me in my discernment. I look forward to the opportunity to provide the sacraments to others as a priest. To be able to nourish others both physically and spiritually and to be an instrument of God's grace to them are joys that I cannot wait to embrace!

Jordan Milligan

Level of Study: Pastoral Year
Home Parish: Holy Family - New Braunfels

My family - parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins - have shown me what it is to love without ceasing. Together, along with our parish community members, they have helped me realize my vocation is one rooted in God's love.

Ottmar Tovar

Level of Study: 2nd Theology

Home Parish: St. Anthony Mary Claret - San Antonio

I began to discover my vocation during my childhood in Mexico City, where I was inspired by the example of my first parish priest. The call remained and became clearer throughout the years, being later confirmed in the Shrine of Medjugorje through the loving intercession of Our Lady. I hope to be, by God's grace and your prayers, a living reflection of Christ and an instrument of his mercy through the priestly ministry.

Rafael Becerra

Level of Study: 2nd Theology

Home Parish: Holy Trinity - San Antonio

I am following Christ; he has called me. He has inspired me the example of my spiritual director, Fr. Salvador Zúñiga, who with his life gave me an example of authentically following Christ. He taught me that only God is enough.

Bernardo Castañeda

Level of Study: 1st Theology

Home Parish: Blessed Sacrament - San Antonio

Mis papás y mis abuelos maternos influyeron mucho en mi vocación y en mi formación católica,pero en concreto, la inquietud al sacerdocio surgió cuando mi papá me mencionó posibles opciones para mi futuro aparte del matrimonio y a partir de ese momento, me empecé a cuestionar la posibilidad de ser sacerdote. Con el tiempo, con la oración, con lo que he sentido, las experiencias personales que he tenido y con la ayuda de varios sacerdotes he ido discerniendo poco a poco mi vocación al sacerdocio. No ha sido nada fácil, pero he ido creciendo como persona y mi fe en Dios ha ido creciendo cada vez más. Mi propósito en esta vida es descubrir y hacer siempre la voluntad de Dios, enamorarme ciega y plenamente de Él, ser santo y ayudar a la mayor cantidad de gente posible.

Robert Shelton

Level of Study: 1st Theology

Home Parish: Our Lady of Guadalupe - Helotes

My vocation was first inspired by the actions of the saints and martyrs throughout history. Their devotion to defending the Church and its people inspired me to serve. As a future priest, I am most looking forward to administering the sacraments and being there for people in their times of need.

Guillermo Cruz

Level of Study: 1st Theology

Home Parish: Querétaro, México

My vocation was inspired by the exemplary lives of my pastors Fr. Alejandro Ledesma and Fr. Daniel Wittrock, who taught me the importance of working for others and sharing Christ through the sacraments. In addition, I found great inspiration for my vocation to the priesthood in the Catholic faith visible in my parents, relatives, and friends. I am looking forward to joining the priesthood, especially to preach the gospel of Christ‘s kingdom and to administer the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.

Luis De La Cruz

Level of Study: 2nd Pre-Theology

Home Parish: St. Leo the Great - San Antonio

I have always loved reading the Lives of the Saints. These people were not afraid to love God in whatever vocation they were called to. It was the saints and the people who were placed in my path that inspired me to pursue this vocation.

Luis Gómez

Level of Study: 2nd Pre-Theology

Home Parish: Medellín, Colombia

Moses Castro

Level of Study: 1st Pre-Theology

Home Parish: St. Andrew - Lytle

A continual breeze brought on by the Holy Spirit and a profound layering of grace in my life has led me to where I am today. I am grateful for the opportunity to discern a call to the priesthood with the desire only to fulfill God’s Holy Will in my life.

Erick Cruz

Level of Study: 1st Pre-Theology

Home Parish: Holy Trinity - San Antonio

My vocation was most inspired by the faithful witness of many priests that I have been blessed to have in my life … while growing up, at college, and during my time as a missionary. Through their examples of what it means to be a priest, I felt the unrest of wanting to pursue my vocation. If my vocation is to be a priest, then I wish nothing more than to be an instrument of God's love and mercy to His people and to help those I minister to reach sanctity.

Joseph Duque

Level of Study: 1st Pre-Theology

Home Parish: Prince of Peace

My vocation journey began while reading about and watching the lives of holy and courageous priests, as well as hearing God calling me during moments of Adoration. If I am truly called to be a priest, I look forward to being an instrument of God's mercy and love through the sacraments, and bringing the truth of God to the world.

Diego Castellanos

Level of Study: 3rd College

Home Parish: St. Monica - Converse

I was inspired in my vocation by encountering Jesus in so many people here in San Antonio throughout my life. If it is God's will, I am looking forward to giving back to this community through priestly ministry.

Dalton Moy

Level of Study: 3rd College

Home Parish: St. Jerome - Martinez

I was inspired by my pastor, Father Scott Janysek, because he gathers our community and makes sure everyone is active. In my ministry I'll try and do the same, reaching out to the whole parish community.

Levels of Study

There are the various levels of seminary study:

  • Language – Study for English proficiency
  • College – For those who do not yet have an undergraduate degree, there is a college seminary program
  • Pre-Theology – For those who have an undergraduate or other degrees but have not completed the required number of credit hours in Philosophy and Religious studies set by the US Bishops
  • Theology – There are 4 years of Theology in the major seminary program
  • Pastoral Year/Internship – Usually between the second and third year of Theology, the seminarians spend a year living in a parish community learning hands on through full-time ministry
  • Spirituality Program – Study of Catholic Spirituality and extra pastoral training