Diocese welcomes 11 new seminarians
This fall Bishop Joe Vásquez accepted 11 new seminarians to begin formation for the priesthood in the Austin Diocese. With the exception of one recent high-school graduate, all are in their (mostly early) 20s. Four are native Spanish speakers and four were born in the diocese; three others have spent significant time here.
Seven of the new seminarians have been involved in campus ministry in one of the four large universities in the Austin Diocese and two men have served as full-time missionaries.
Isaac Oviedo, a native of Mount Pleasant, attended Texas A&M University in College Station before serving for a full year as a missionary with the Missioners of Christ in Honduras. Trey Chapa, originally from Beeville, attended Baylor University, then served for two years as a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionary at the University of Texas at Tyler.
Father Jonathan Raia, the diocesan vocation director, said the diocese is blessed to have not only high numbers, but also great quality in the men who are pursuing priestly ministry.
“Thank you for your prayers for these men in formation, and please continue to pray for — and invite — more men to answer the Lord’s call to lay down their lives for his people,” he said.
Posters and prayer calendars featuring the seminarians are being distributed to each parish this month. Seminarians will also be visiting parishes throughout the diocese in the next few months. They will share about their experience of responding to God’s call, and they will be thanking parishioners for their ongoing support.
For more information on vocations in the Austin Diocese, visit www.austinvocations.com.
–– Catholic Spirit Staff