I am so glad to share the faith of our lovely Catholic church with you. During this coming year, I am going to learn from this wonderful community in all its areas of mission because this is my pastoral year. My vocation started in El Salvador in a small community like your community of St. John the Evangelist. In 2009, I started to discern my vocation in my country. In 2010, I started my studies of philosophy until the end of 2013. Then, I immigrated to The United States, and I worked in different jobs, especially in the construction areas. This meant I couldn’t finish the seminary formation in El Salvador. But my heart has been always burning to serve God, and the Church, and the people. Consequently, in 2017, I was looking for an opportunity to be a seminarian and continuing the interrupted formation. Thankfully, God and the Archdiocese of Baltimore opened doors to me. I just want to say like Timothy “I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry.” (1 Timothy 1:12) May Jesus and Mary help us to go to heaven.
Orlando Rivera, Seminarian