|January 7, 2013 • VOL. 51, NO. 1 • Oakland, CA|
| Meet our new seminarians
David Andrade Damian
Born: To a Catholic family in Vietnam. He is the youngest of six children.
Importance of prayer: "I believe that through prayers, I can get closer to God, and from prayers I would know God's will and everything I do will be blessed by him."
Vocation: "In making a commitment to priesthood and celibacy, I am determined to attend Mass, pray often, receive Communion and receive the sacrament of reconciliation. I will also make the effort to be involved in church services, activities and gatherings that will help with my calling."
Born: July 14, 1992 in Villa Nueva, Mexico. He is the youngest in a family of six sons and three daughters.
Background: He says he comes from a "poor family with great values." Many of his older siblings went to the US to work and send money home.
Education: After the family moved to the US, he attended public schools until he received a scholarship to attend St. Peter Martyr School in Pittsburg for one year. Then he went to De La Salle High School in Concord.
Biggest influence: His mother. "She would pray her Rosary every night and had all of us do the same."
Vocation: Morales said that his vocation came early in his life, adding he comes from a religious family. "I always wanted to serve God."
Peter Duy Vo
Born: Aug. 17, 1989 to a middle-class family in Saigon, Vietnam. He has three younger brothers.
Biggest influence: "My faith came from my mother's family. I was very close to my parish priest and I am grateful to God for the example he set for me."
Education: He is a college graduate and trained as a graphic designer. After college graduation he decided to follow the call to priesthood but he was unable to attend the seminary due to religious and political "circumstances."
Obstacles: Thousands of other Vietnamese people were forced to flee the country to find religious freedom; Vo had problems getting a visa. He was also concerned that if he left, he didn't know if he'd see his family again.
Vocation: He has a strong prayer life and would like to be a priest to "bring people to God and God to the people."
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