Gerald Souza Home parish: Blessed Kateri, Plymouth Seminary: St. Charles College Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa. High school: Sacred Heart High School, Kingston Hobbies: Skiing, motorcycles, beach, sports Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
Help us expand our reach! Please share this article
When was the first time you thought about priesthood?
The first time I seriously thought about the priesthood was when I was on a Steubenville East retreat during the summer of my sophomore year. I was inspired by the example of the priests and the reverence shown towards the Blessed Sacrament.
What were major Catholic activities you participated in prior to the seminary?
I went twice to Steubenville East Youth Conferences while I was in high school.
What is your favorite Scripture passage? Why?
The Bread of Life discourse in John 6 because of how clear Our Lord speaks about the Blessed Sacrament.
What would you say to a young man who feels he may have a vocation?
Definitely speak to a priest about your possible vocation.
Is seminary formation what you thought it would be?
I honestly had no idea what the seminary would be like when I entered, but I am quite pleased with what I found.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I am studying to be a priest!
Did anyone invite you to consider priesthood?
Yes, some of the sisters that taught me in grade school and high school at Sacred Heart.
What influence (if any) did John Paul II have on your vocation?
A great influence because I read his book “Gift and Mystery” when I was discerning and it inspired me and gave me direction.
Please describe the importance of prayer in your life?
Prayer is what sustains me. Prayer focuses me on what is truly important. Without it I lose sight of my ultimate goal: Salvation.
What signs led you to believe that God was calling you to be a priest?
The joy that I would receive from attending Mass, and that was something I could see myself doing happily for the rest of my life.
What is your day like in the seminary?
My day at the seminary is great. It starts with Mass, followed by breakfast and classes, lunch and then perhaps another class, in the remainder of the afternoon there is usually sports or the gym, vespers, dinner, homework, relaxation, and then getting ready to do it again the next day.
The Pilot, in cooperation with the Office of Vocations, is publishing a series of brief profiles of the men preparing for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston. For other profiles or if you think God may be calling you to a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, visit the Vocations Office Web site at www.VocationsBoston.org.