These men are among those currently in formation with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in the United States. Scroll down for more information on each seminarian.
Paul hails from Long Beach, CA and is the oldest of four children. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Cal State Long Beach and worked in web design and development before joining the Oblates in September 2010. He also plays the violin, providing music for various church liturgies and has performed with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He is concluding his novitiate year of formation with the Oblates.
“This is a house of Mary. For me, it all started with Mary. It is all too fitting that I am here with her.”
Rafael, the eighth of ten children, was born and raised in a small town in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. He came to the United States when he was eighteen years old and worked for eleven years as a psychiatric technician in a developmental center helping the developmentally disabled. A resident of L.A., Rafael met the Oblates at our parish in Hawaiian Gardens. He entered Our Lady of Grace Seminary in the Fall of 2011 and is now concluding his novitiate year of formation.
“The Oblates at St. Peter Chanel with their powerful witness and our Blessed Mother Mary have led me to discern my vocation to the religious life and priesthood.”
Scott, hailing from St. John, Indiana, is thirty-six years old. He earned his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and worked for many years as a geotechnical engineer. After a careful discernment, Scott decided to enter the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in the Fall of 2011. He began his novitiate year in August of 2013 which will conclude at the end of this summer.
“I am most grateful to the Holy Spirit for his guidance that led me here to Boston. I am happy to be here and look forward to continuing my vocational journey with the Oblates.”
Nathan is 24 and comes to us from Flushing, MI. An Armenian, Nathan is fluent in both Armenian and Turkish as well as English. He is the fifth of six children and was homeschooled before entering the University of Michigan. He graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Molecular Biology and a B.S. in Laboratory Science. He applied to medical school but felt a call to enter the seminary. He joined the Oblates in September 2012 and just completed his second year of postulancy.
His favorite quote:
“The world offers you comfort; you were not made for comfort, but for greatness.” — Pope Benedict XVI
Chris is from Rosamond, CA and is 30 years old — the youngest of twelve children. An Eagle Scout, Chris was homeschooled and eventually earned his associates degree in Administration of Justice from Antelope Valley College. His six years of service in the Army National Guard saw him living in such diverse places as Germany, Kosovo, and several locations throughout the United States. He worked for the next three years as he discerned a call to the priesthood and religious life. He has just finished his second year of formation.
His favorite quote:
“Love alone suffices.” — St. Therese of Lisieux
Coming to us from Jerseyville, IL (near St. Louis), Paul Kallal is twenty-seven years old and our newest seminarian. One of three children, Paul attended a Catholic grade school and public high school before earning his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing in St. Louis. He worked for several years as a nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Paul first met the Oblates at our OMV parish of St. Mary’s in Alton, Illinois and entered Our Lady of Grace Seminary in September 2013. He has just completed his first year of postulancy.
His favorite quote:
“We are called by the voice of God, by the voice of that ultimate being, to pierce through the irrelevance of our life…” — Thomas Merton
Please pray for all our seminarians!