"When in December 1944 I was drafted
for military service, the company commander
asked each of us what we planned to
the future. I answered that I wanted
a Catholic priest. The lieutenant replied:
"Then you ought to look for something
else. In the new Germany priests are
I knew that this "new Germany"
was already coming to an end, and that,
the enormous devastation that madness
brought upon the country, priests would
needed more than ever.
Today the situation is completely changed.
In different ways, though, many people
also think that the Catholic priesthood
not a "job" for the future,
one that belongs more to the past.
friends, have decided to enter the
and to prepare for priestly ministry
Catholic Church in spite of such opinions
and objections. You have done a good
Because people will always have need
Where people no longer perceive God,
grows empty; nothing is ever enough…
is alive. He has created every one
and he knows us all. He is so great
he has time for the little things in
lives: "Every hair of your head
God is alive, and he needs people to
him and bring him to others. It does
sense to become a priest: the world
priests, pastors, today, tomorrow and
until the end of time."
These inspired words coming from Pope
XVI throw light on the vocation and
of seminarians - these young people
God has chosen and are now preparing
for the priesthood. It is a gift that
in Guam we have three centers of formation
- the Redemptoris Mater and the Capuchin
Friars in Yona and one seminarian in
Each seminarian comes with a story.
made of dreams, disillusionment, struggles
and joys. This young adult was sixteen
he wanted to be a medical doctor. Then
priest approached him and asked him
the Carmelites. He was taken aback.
thought of becoming a priest. But deep
inside him, something stirred. He went
his mother and told her of his decision.
This good mother was thrilled but she
not show her emotion. She just told
and tell your father."
The boy was hesitant. But at the insistence
of the mother, he did go. His father
at him squarely and just told him,
we shall be very happy if you become
but know, that the door to this house
always open for you. If for some reason
decide this is not your vocation, just
That was in 1964. This young man never
back home. He joined the Carmelites
his seminary days in Malta, England,
and Belgium. His days of formation
and tough at the same time. Molding
to be a priest is a daunting task!
relishes in these kind of undertakings!
was only 24 when he became a priest.
This is just one story. God has been
good and wonderfully faithful. If only
other young adults realize the beauty
(c) Fr. Pius Sammut, OCD. Permission
granted for any non-commercial use,
that the content is unaltered from
state, if this copyright notice is