>> Sunday, September 7, 2008
I know that it's been months since my last blog...but better late than never! =) So if you didn't find out yet...yes...I am currently in Oregon. Here is a quick summary of what has happened in the past few months...ready? Hit the link!
After my discernment retreat with Fr. Leatherby (which I will go more in depth through the video blog coming soon) I felt a stronger pull to college seminary. I set up a meeting with Fr. Brian and spoke with him about my experience. Afterward, he gave his approval to move further along the application process. Thus my adventure continues (as well as Raj's)
Next on the list was ending senior year (which was difficult at times because I honestly didn't know where I was going (but mostly because I didn't care because I was a SENIOOOOOORRRR (but now im not anymore)))
As part of the application process, I had to write 4 papers...and I did all of them the day before they were due. (just like in high school) It was pretty irresponsible because Fr. Brian was picking it up at Deacon Arthur's ordination mass. I managed to stay up the whole night doing it AND stay up for the beautiful mass. Everything else was a blur...
Next on the list after the papers were the Diocesan interviews. It was very nerve racking. Raj went up earlier than me, but my parents and sister drove me there. When we got there I didn't eat at all, so I forced myself to consume (hmm, good word choice) a hot dog from Am/PM. When I went up for my interview, I was scared but Diana and Marsiella (the vocation office assistants) were nice and offered me a Togo sandwich.
My first interview was with Fr. Humberto and it went really well. He was very understanding of my nervousness and helped me to calm down. We joked and the interview was very light. Despite my lack of preparation for my papers, he actually commented on how thorough it was. (I do not condone procrastination in any way...but it does work...just kidding...stay in school) This interview focused on my academic life and it wasn't too bad.
Oh man...but the next one was a bit tougher. Deacon Lou was very easy to talk to but that interview was a bit more difficult in that it dealt with my relationships with others. But for the most part it was a pleasant interview and I felt very comfortable with Deacon Lou about such matters.
The next one was with Fr. Mark, which focused on my family and spiritual life. In short...it was a breeze. The last improv interview was with Fr. Brian and my parents, which just focused on questions they had. Afterwards we went to Leatherby's and celebrated my survival of the Diocesan interviews. (But for you future seminarians...it was an awesome experience not to be feared at all =) )
The next step was my pschycological exam...and oh man was that an experience. But for now, I must sign off. I have 6 classes tomorrow and Latin is one of them!
Once again, my sincerest apologies for my lack of posting, but I hope to catch everyone up on my journey.
Until my next post,
Peace and love
Rence (the seminarian)