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22 Men in Formation for Diocesan Priesthood

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Twenty-two men are now in formation for the Priesthood for the Diocese of Raleigh. Fifteen are enrolled in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, two at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, three are attending Hispanic Seminary of Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Mexico City, and two are currently serving in the Diocese. The three new seminarians are parishioners in the Diocese of Raleigh: Mr. Austin Faur attends St. Joseph Parish in Raleigh; Mr. Erik Reyes attends Sacred Heart Parish in Whiteville, NC; and Mr. Michael Quillen is a member of Holy Family Parish in Elizabeth City, NC.

Meet the New Seminarians

Austin James Faur enters St. Charles Borromeo Seminary after one year at Elon University in North Carolina. He is a graduate of St. Thomas More Academy and a member of St. Joseph Parish in Raleigh. He said that St. Joseph’s Pastor, Msgr. John Williams, has been “an inspiration for many years. It’s been a blessing to be able to witness his kindness, patience and most of all his love for the Church.”

Mr. Faur enjoys sports, especially Ultimate Frisbee, and one of his hobbies is photography. He named St. Maximilian Kolbe as his favorite saint and his favorite Bible verse as Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. “It was the first bible verse I ever formally memorized,” he said, “and the more I went over it, the more I realized how important it is to try and live out every day.”

Asked what advice he would give to a young man who thinks he might have a priestly vocation, he said, “Pursue it. Go to the discernment group meetings, talk to priests and seminarians, and pray. If you do that, you will be headed in the right direction.”

Erik Reyes Reyes enters Seminario Hispano De Santa María De Guadalupe, Mexico City, as a first-year college student. A graduate of Columbus Career & College Academy in Whiteville, NC, he cites his Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Fr. Marcos Leon, as a special influence in his discernment. One of his hobbies is baking.

“If a young man thinks he might want to be a priest,” Mr. Reyes said, “he should talk to the priest in his home church and ask if he can follow him for a few weeks. That way he can see the reality of what being a priest is. He should never be afraid to explore his vocation, because answering God’s call is the best thing you can do with your life.”

Mr. Reyes has a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Native American saint who will be canonized this month.

Michael Quillen is a first-year college student at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He graduated from Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, NC, and studied at College of the Albemarle in the same city. He said he was influenced to explore his vocation by various priests at his home parish of Holy Family and elsewhere in the Diocese. “Also,” he said, “the stories and lives of all the saints throughout the ages have inspired me greatly.”

He enjoys listening to music, running, basketball and soccer. His favorite Scripture passage is John 15:13: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends, and finds that verse exemplified in the life of his favorite saint, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

He believes that the most important part of discerning a vocation is to pray constantly. “You cannot go wrong if you open your heart totally to Christ,” he said. “The Lord will let you know as you discern. Also, attend Mass and pray the Rosary daily.”