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.
Br. 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 enters his fourth year of theology studies in September 2019 and is pursuing a Master’s degree in biblical studies.
“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
Daniel hails from Naples, FL, the youngest of two boys. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in History and Classics (2014) and an MA in History (2015). He worked at that university as a liturgy assistant and campus ministry assistant. He heard of the Oblates through Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV who was giving a seminar on the Discernment of Spirits. Daniel entered the Oblates in September of 2016, and entered the novitiate in August 2018.
“You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” St. Augustine, “Confessions”
Jonathon comes to us from Corcoran, MN, a small suburb of Minneapolis. The first of three children, 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. Jonathon began his first year of postulancy in September of 2016. He enjoys camping, hiking, board games, and the occasional math problem. 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
The second of three children, 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, 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
Jay-Ar San Juan
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. 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
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