Category Archives: Faith Alive!

My vocation story: Called for relationship

My name is Andrew and I am a priest for the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey. Now I could tell you that I’ve always wanted to be a priest, but that is not true.

      I could tell you that I’ve always had a deep personal relationship with God, but that is not true. And I could tell you that my decision to enter this vocation was peaceful and beautiful, but that is most definitely not true.

      I’m not special. I am not impressively holy or pious. My vocation journey was not magical. My path was not obvious. Maybe this is ringing bells for some of you. Continue reading

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My vocation story: Love fully alive

“Maybe what you’re looking for in all these other things, maybe you’ll find it in Jesus Christ.”

      These words pierced my heart like a sword as I sat before the beloved priest who delivered this message with intensity and invitation.

      I knew he was right, and God used that one simple sentence to convict me of my deepest desires and reveal my call to become the bride of Christ as a religious sister. Authentic love changed the course of my life and continues to do so to this very day. Continue reading

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