Photo: Felix Carroll
Pope Benedict XVI has declared the year that began June 19, 2009, as a Year for Priests. The faithful are asked to pray for vocations and for the spiritual renewal of priests. We asked several of our Marian seminarians what the priesthood means to them. The following is the response from Br. Angelo Casimiro, MIC:
As I have continued to progress in my seminary studies in preparation for the priesthood, I see more and more what an awesome responsibility it is to be a priest and help bring souls to Jesus Christ. I have learned that the priesthood is the cross itself. A priest sacrifices his own life for the lives of others.
Since my reversion in 2000, I have met many holy and humble priests, both diocesan and religious. I consider a few of them to be my spiritual fathers as they helped me to fall in love with the priesthood. I plan to model my priesthood after their examples. These past few years, God has been revealing to me gifts I thought I never had. He has begun showing me what my priesthood will be like.
God willing, I hope to live out my priesthood under the maternal care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of All Priests, without whose help I wouldn't be where I am at this moment.
To make a gift to help the Marian seminarians, visit marian.org/seminarians, or call 1-800-671-2020.