Meet the Seminarians

 

Jorge V. Rocha

 

Jorge V. Rocha

My discernment of a call to priesthood formation began on April 23, 2011.  That was the day I was confirmed during the Easter Vigil Mass.  It was a beautiful vigil Mass and the presence of the Holy Spirit was strong as I went to bed that night.  The next day, the Holy Spirit was even stronger and thoughts of the priesthood arose to a higher level. Later that week, I contacted Diocese of Providence.


My high school years were difficult.  I lost both of my parents in a three-year period and then my grandparents from my mother’s side died during my senior year.  I was not going to Mass as frequently and CCD classes and I missed out on confirmation.  Despite the difficulties during that period, God was with me as He is every day.  The Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints were praying for me as they do every day.  I have three great sisters (Gloria, Eunice and Carla) who show me so much love.  My uncle, Jorge, has raised me into the person I am today and my aunts, uncles, cousins and friends have been a strong source of love. 


My faith has grown gradually over the years.  I was blessed to work and attend graduate school at Providence College, a Dominican institution.  I began going to daily Mass after the attacks on 9/11.  I met some wonderful students and local residents who went to daily Mass and we would often talk after the 9:00 p.m. Mass at St. Dominic Chapel.  Along with the priests, these students and local residents were an example of piety for me.


While going to daily Mass was wonderful, there was a thirst for more.  My sister, Eunice, who is a religious nun, kept encouraging me to get confirmed.  I finally did and it was one of the best days of my life.  April 23 is normally when the Church celebrates the Feast Day of St. George; however, because it fell during the Easter Vigil, it was not celebrated on that Saturday.  Nonetheless, it was an amazing day to which I am grateful to my Heavenly Father.  After contacting and meeting with the Director of Vocations of the Diocese of Providence for a nearly a year, I finally applied and was accepted.  It was a difficult decision and I battled with many doubts, but heeding God’s call is most important.


The support I received was blessing, in particular, my family and friends as well as the Dominican Friars at Providence College who have been influential in my vocation.  I am also grateful to my parish, Our Lady of the Rosary, especially Fr. Joseph Escobar. 


When April 23 comes around, I don’t just acknowledge the Feast Day of St. George, but I remember that Saturday in 2011.  If God-willing I get ordained, that date will have an even  more profound meaning.