Seminarians with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary begin the formation process at Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston, MA. Learn about our seminarians in the United States by reviewing each their profiles and favorite quotes below. We also welcome to pray for them as they work through formation on the path to taking their final vows.
Deacon Paul Kallal, OMV
Coming to us from Jerseyville, IL (near St. Louis), Br. Paul earned 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. Br. 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. His professed perpetual vows in February 2019 and was ordained a deacon in June 2019. He continues his fourth year of theology studies in September 2019.
“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
Br. Nathan Marzonie, OMV
Br. Nathan comes to us from Flushing, MI. The fifth of six children, Br. Nathan is fluent in both Armenian and Turkish as well as English. He graduated from the University of Michigan 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 is currently spending his pastoral year working at Holy Ghost Church in Denver, Colorado.
“The world offers you comfort; you were not made for comfort, but for greatness.” Pope Benedict XVI
Br. Leland Thorpe, OMV
Br. Leland hails from Pittsburgh and has one younger sister. He studied at Carnegie Mellon University where he received his B.S. in Computer Science and his M.S. in Robotics. Working as a software engineer in Pittsburgh, he first heard of the Oblates from reading the books of Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV. Br. Leland professed his first vows on August 5, 2017, has completed his second year of theology studies, and it engaged in a pastoral year at St. Mary’s parish in Alton, IL.
“Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.” St. John Paul II
Br. Jonas Verdeflor, OMV
Br. Jonas is the youngest of three children and comes to us from Queens in New York City. He earned his B.S. in Journalism and Technical Writing from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and worked for twelve years as a copy editor and page designer at various newspapers across the country. He first learned about the Oblates from watching the appearances of Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV on TV and was recommended to the Oblates by his spiritual director. Br. Jonas began his first year of postulancy at Our Lady of Grace Seminary in September 2014 and professed his first vows on August 5, 2017. Br. Jonas enters his third year of theology studies in September 2019.
“In this world there is tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have conquered the world” John 16:34b
Br. Jonathon Hank, OMV
Br. Jonathon comes to us from Corcoran, MN, a small suburb of Minneapolis. The first of three children, Br. Jonathon earned his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics in 2015 from the University of Minnesota, where he was active in Saint Paul’s Outreach. He first heard of the Oblates when reading Fr. Tim Gallagher’s “Discernment of Spirits,” and was recommended to them by the campus minister at his university. Br. Jonathon began his first year of postulancy in September of 2016. He enjoys camping, hiking, board games, and the occasional math problem. Br. Jonathon entered the novitiate in August 2018 and professed his first vows in August 2019.
“In all that you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of Christ Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
Br. Jorge Sanchez, OMV
The second of three children, Br. Jorge was born in Fullerton, CA but most recently lived in Long Beach. He earned his AA degree in Film from Cerritos College and worked as an assistant on some film shoots. He first heard of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary through his godparents, who were married at the OMV parish of St. Peter Chanel in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. A man who enjoys editing and writing scripts for films, Br. Jorge counts Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Christopher Nolan among his favorite directors. He entered the Oblates in September of 2016, entered the novitiate in August 2018, and professed his first vows in August 2019.
“Pray the Rosary frequently. It costs so little, and it’s worth so much.” St. Padre Pio
Br. Jay-Ar San Juan, OMV
Br. Jay-Ar was born and raised in the city of Bandar Seri Begawan in the sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. His family are members of Couples for Christ, an international Catholic lay ecclesial movement originating from the Philippines, and he was a member of their Kids for Christ and Youth for Christ ministries. In 2008, his family migrated to Vancouver, Canada, where he earned an AA from Corpus Christi College and a BA from Christ the King Seminary. He first learned about the Oblates through the VISION Vocations Network, and was attracted to their spirituality and community life. Br. Jay-Ar entered the Oblates in September of 2017, began his novitiate year in August 2018, and professed his first vows in August 2019.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”St. Augustine of Hippo
Chris was born and raised in Townsend, Massachusetts, along with his younger brother. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2017. While at Northeastern Chris was involved with the campus Catholic Center and through that community was introduced to the Oblates at St. Francis Chapel and St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine. After working for two years as an Electrical Engineer Chris began his first year of postulancy in 2019.
“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”Romans 12:2
Miggo was born and raised in Paranaque city in the Philippines, and is the youngest of three children. He had his family moved to the U.S. in 2011 and live in southern California. Miggo was a youth leader for Youth for Christ, an outreach of Couples for Christ. He first encountered the Oblates through the OMV parish of St. Peter Chanel in Hawaiian Gardens, where he made the Spiritual Exercises. He graduated from California State University-Long Beach, where he earned a B.A. in Religious Studies. Miggo enjoys playing basketball and rock climbing. He entered the Oblates in September of 2019.
“Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” St. Padre Pio
Recently Ordained and Professed
Join us in celebrating the Priestly Ordination of seminarians who have recently completed their formation with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.
- Rafael Solorio Ordination (July 2019)
- Paul Kallal and Rafael Solorio Solemn Profession (February 2019)
- Paul Nguyen Ordination (August 2018)
If you feel that God is also calling you to live a religious life with us, we welcome you to learn more about becoming an Oblate.