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Ask Father Faith: April 2015

How did you know God was calling you to be a priest?

--Micaela, 6th grade student, Annunciation Catholic Academy, Altamonte Springs

I knew God was calling me to be a priest the way you know who your best friend is or what your favorite hobby is. I listened to my heart and allowed him to guide me. Many times people ask, “What do you want to be?” but the best question is, “What does God want you to be?" In my journey, God guided me to be a priest. For others he has guided them to be doctors, teachers or other paths. I pray you listen to your heart and allow god to guide you that you may have a very happy life.

This month's question was answered by Father Jorge Torres, director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Orlando

Ask Father Faith: January 2015

I often find inspiration through the most absurd things. Have you ever been inspired by something that no one would ever think to be influential?

-- Question from Raven, 8th grade student, Lourdes Academy, Daytona Beach

I would say that this is a constant in my life.  One of the blessings of priesthood is to have a constant connection in seeing the impossible.  Call it something about being "in tuned" to the work of God, or that the constant work of a priest keeps your eyes open to the work of God, but I truly believe that I am constantly seeing the impossible happening.  

I see that the unexpected often leads me to see God at work. I often see and am inspired by things that what others may seem as ordinary.  

This month's question was answered by Father John Giel, Chancellor of Canonical Affairs and Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando, pastor of St. Paul Parish, Leesburg.


Ask Father Faith: August 1, 2012

Why did you become a priest?
            --Gina, 8th grade, All Souls Catholic Church, Sanford

Everyone seeks ways to live a life that brings happiness to themselves and to others.  I was doing the same thing.  As I grew up and my faith also grew I realized my deepest happiness was in serving God as a priest. 

This month’s question was answered by Father Jorge Torres, Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Orlando.

Ask Father Faith: December 2014

Is the Old Testament a partial reflection of the New Testament, especially the Gospels?
   - Question from Jack, 7th grade student, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs

I believe that the answer to your question is definitely “yes.”

The issue at stake in both Testaments is the question of divine revelation and the human response to it.

In Scripture, divine revelation is progressive and unfolding. Perhaps this statement is best understood by reflecting on human encounters. The more time we spend with another human being the more we get to know about them and who they really are.

The first verse of Hebrews reminds us that God’s self-revelation in the Old Testament was partial, that is, those who listened to the prophets learned certain things about God and who he is. In the Gospels, God’s self-revelation through the person of Jesus is complete, meaning, Jesus was God in human form reminding his followers of who God is and what his values are.

This month’s question was answered by Father Richard Walsh, Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Winter Park.

Ask Father Faith: February 4, 2013

How do you become a priest?

--Emily, 4th grade, Annunciation Catholic Academy, Altamonte Springs

There is a process of school which may include college but will definitely include graduate studies in a seminary. During it, the teachers or faculty help the seminarians grow in four main areas: pastoral, human, spiritual, and academic. After all the studies and requirements are completed the bishop ordains the candidate by the laying on of hands.

This month's question was answered by Father Jorge Torres, director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Orlando.


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