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 you to pray for them as they work through formation on the path to taking their final vows.
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, and is in his second year of theology studies.
“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, and is in his second year of theology studies.
“Be still and know that I am God.”Psalm 46:10
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, and is in his second year of theology studies.
“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
Br. Christopher Puglia
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 postulancy at Our Lady of Grace Seminary in August 2019, and is in his second year of philosophy studies.
“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
Br. Miguel Roque
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 August of 2019, and is in his second year of philosophy studies.
“Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”St. Padre Pio
Adam was born and raised in Ohio. He is the third of four children, and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio University in Music Education. After college, Adam served as a missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) for two years. During those two years, he discovered some writings of Venerable Bruno Lanteri in Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement written by Fr. Timothy Gallagher. After meeting some priests from the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and being captivated by Venerable Lanteri’s encouragements to follow the Lord day-by-day, Adam was interested in applying to see if the Lord was calling him to be an OMV seminarian. Adam likes to play music, go on walks, read, and especially loves to cook breakfast. In the fall of 2021, Adam began his first-year of postulancy and philosophy studies.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.”1 John 4:18-19
Andrew comes from Glendale, AZ. He became Catholic during his freshman year of college at Arizona State University, where he studied Biochemistry. Shortly after his Confirmation, he felt the Lord calling him to discern the priesthood and eventually spent five years studying in Denver, CO for the Diocese of Phoenix. He later decided to step away from the diocesan formation and take some time to discern where God may be calling him, which led him to the Oblates, who he had met during his time in Denver. Andrew began his first year of postulancy in August of 2022.
“Without a doubt, it is a great grace to receive the Sacraments; but when the good God does not permit it, it is still good, all is grace.”St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Zach was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, but most recently lived in Duluth, MN. He graduated from Sacred Heart College Seminary with a degree in philosophy in 2014. He completed his theology studies in 2019. He was first exposed to the Oblates through his spiritual director, who was a member, of the order and through encountering Fr. Tim Gallagher at various points of his seminary formation. Zach began his first year of postulancy in August of 2022.
“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desire, and his disposition live and reign there.”St. John Eudes
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.
Dn. Jonas Verdeflor, OMV
Deacon 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 Tandon 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. Father 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. He professed his final vows on January 28, 2022, with his diaconate ordination on January 29, 2022.
“In this world there is tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have conquered the world”St. John Paul II
Fr. Leland Thorpe, OMV
Father 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. Father Leland professed his first vows on August 5, 2017, and his final vows on January 28, 2022, followed by his diaconate ordination on January 29, 2022.
“Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.”St. John Paul II
Fr. Nathan Marzonie, OMV
Father Nathan comes to us from Flushing, MI. The fifth of six children, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science. He was accepted to medical school but felt a call to enter religious life. He was assigned at Holy Ghost Church and the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver, Colorado before making his final vows on January 28, 2022, and completing his diaconate ordination on January 29, 2022.
“The world offers you comfort; you were not made for comfort, but for greatness.”Pope Benedict XVI
- Paul Kallal Ordination (August 2020)
- Rafael Solorio Ordination (July 2019)
- Paul Kallal and Rafael Solorio Solemn Profession (February 2019)
- Paul Nguyen Ordination (August 2018)
Each year on the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, Oblates and seminarians renew their vows in a special celebration. 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.