During their years of theological studies, our seminarians have a “mission year” where they serve at one of our missions, giving them an opportunity to see our work first-hand. It also allows us to evaluate their abilities. Brother Ramon and his classmate, Brother Gustavo, are in the midst of their year of service in Coachella and Compton, California, respectively. Here, our seminarians experience the full meaning of what it is to be a Trinity Missionary.
Br. Ramon shared, “The people tell me that I give so much to their lives, but they give much more because they are the voice of God in my life. My vocation becomes clearer serving this Christian community. I now understand that my vocation to the priesthood is not for me personally but is for the people of God. Every time I’m with the farm workers, I learn more about the gift of the priesthood. It is satisfying to know that they feel God’s presence when a priest or Brother is with them, which makes their faith stronger. This mission year is transforming my own life as well as the lives of those I serve.”
Brother Gustavo is also feeling the effects of his mission year experience, especially feeling the closeness of God and His people — “During my time here, I can say that those I am serving are helping me the most in becoming a missionary. I am learning a lot, and I am so grateful to my religious Community for giving me the opportunity to serve. My life has meaning as a Missionary Servant because by serving others, I’m serving Jesus Christ.”
Both Brothers spoke highly of their new communities, who have welcomed them with open arms. They expressed that they are happy to be placed in active missions where they feel blessed to be part of the parish family and participate in many of the church activities. They especially enjoy the youth religious education classes, retreats and Bible studies because they have found that these are ways to be intimately involved in the spiritual lives of their parishioners.
They are grateful to the formation process for helping them forge a strong missionary spirit and helping them recognize the gifts that God has given them. Both men look forward to the road ahead of them….a life of service to God’s people in need.