Montini Catholic Theology students welcomed seminarians from the Diocese of Joliet on Monday, February 12th for Vocations Awareness Day. Five young men, currently attending the Mundelein Seminary and preparing for priesthood, visited classes throughout the day to discuss their personal calling stories with students.
Senovio Sarabia, Jr. spoke to seniors in Campus Minister, Mr. Michael Blanchette's class. During his introduction, Mr. Blanchette asked the students to approach Senovio's story with an open mind. "We never know how God will work in our lives, or what he will call us to do," he said, adding, "Possibly a seed will be planted - so be open to the Spirit."
After the initial let down, Senovia realized that God was guiding him. "I knew that God was calling me to be his soldier, his warrior - I knew the priesthood was for me!' Senovia contacted Father Burke Masters, Vocations Director of the Diocese of Joliet. "When I told him my story he asked me one thing," said Senovia. "He asked me if I felt peace and joy inside - and my answer was, yes!"
"From visiting the sick to celebrating Holy Week in the slums of Honduras, I've come to encounter Jesus in everyplace I go," he concluded.
Senovia asks for prayers in his biography found online at: www.dioceseofjoliet.org. "Please pray for me by name that I become a Holy Priest . . . and that I don't eat too many doughnuts!"
Father Burke Masters and the Joliet Diocese Vocation Office are hosting Supper With the Sisters on March 13, 2018 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Channahon, Illinois for women 16+ who are discerning religious life. They are also hosting Andrew Dinner at St. Scholastica in Woodridge on March 6th for men, ages 13+ who are discerning the priesthood or religious life. Both events feature dinner and conversation with Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. Those seeking more information can visit: www.vocations.com.