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Claretian Seminarians

These are the men studying to be Claretian Missionaries for the USA-Canada Province. They are from different countries, with different stories, and in different levels of study. Their vocation stories are unique and inspiring. If you are discerning, their stories may help you on your journey. We ask you to pray for them as they continue walking the path God has laid out for them.

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David Gutierrez, CMF

Level of Study: 4th year Theology

Fresno, CA

It all began with a simple question: “What do you want me to do, God?” Never did I imagine that the question would lead me on a path of discernment. Growing up near a Claretian parish helped me discern with the Claretians. However, it was the charism, the mission, and the members that inspired me to join the Claretian Missionaries. It has not always been easy, but it has been a more fulfilling life than I could have ever hoped for.

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Norbert Medina, CMF

Level of Study: 4th year Theology

Houston, Texas

The reason I selected the Claretian Congregation was because I was very interested in being a missionary-- to be sent out someplace. Most of my life I lived in Texas and I wanted to expand my horizons to go somewhere else and I did. I was actually sent to Sri Lanka for my novitiate which was wonderful.

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Ray John Mejorada, CMF

Level of Study: 4th year Theology

Philippines

My vocation started when I was an altar server helping my parish priest to put his vestments on. I was in awe at how captivating his vestments were. And so, I asked myself, how would it feel when I will also wear my own vestments in the future? I continued my discernment until my vocation was confirmed at search-in where I heard the song The Pilgrim’s Theme with the chorus, “why don’t we follow the voice that calls within?” I pondered that question and reflected that, if God is calling me, then I responded YES every day.

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Tien Vu, CMF

Level of Study: 4th year Theology

Vietnam

My vocation started when I was a small boy wherein I found the black cassock of priests was very attractive. I wanted to wear it someday. So my dream of becoming a priest started at that moment even though the motivation was not that pure. However, eventually I began to develop deep love for God and desire to serve the poor and the marginalized. The Claretian congregation’s devotion to our Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Anthony Mary Claret’s discipleship moved me to join the Claretian Missionaries. 

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Adam Caar

Benedict Lu,
Level of Study: 1st year Philosophy
China

Growing up from a devoted family and with a parish leader as my grandfather, I was inspired by the good serving examples and the joyful life of my family. Serving the church seems to become a part of my gene, I was so active in the parish as well. However, after getting older, like many others, I wanted to have my own business and a beautiful girlfriend. After some years of hard work in society, though I had a good job and a kind girlfriend, I was never satisfied. Instead, I was very excited about doing church ministries. Seeing the needs of the church, I felt the call from God and left my family joined the Claretians.

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