"After I received help and love from my parents to get me out of the dark spot, I ended up growing closer to my faith, I grew close enough that one night of youth group while the seminarians on their mission were at my church, after I heard all of their vocation stories, I guess I felt something strong in me, since right when I got in the car after youth group I told him 'I want to be a priest' (yes, it's as blunt as it sounds, I remember that night vividly)."

Alan Serrano

Mount Angel Seminary, OR – College III

Growing up my family wasn’t the type to go to church and live in a Catholic life style, it wasn’t until my grandpa’s death that my family started going to church, thus exposing me to the faith. Growing up I received my 1st Communion as everyone did, and with my parents’ encouragement, I joined the choir around 5th grade, and became an alter server. After a bit I took a break from helping the church but would go back to assist my mom in catechism. I helped with catechism off and on throughout my high school career, since I was in youth group too through high school, I became a youth leader after my first year of being in the program, all was well until I ran into problems regarding my baby brother, he had been in and out of the hospital November/December through 2016, at one point the doctors thought that he wasn’t going to last that long. Through that time, I went through a depression with the stress of school and with baby brother, fearing that he wasn’t going to make it. I distanced myself from the church and from my family to not have others worry for me. Thanks to the Lord, my brother did make it out of the hospital and is now thriving, running through my family home with no one to stop him. After I received help and love from my parents to get me out of the dark spot, I ended up growing closer to my faith, I grew close enough that one night of youth group while the seminarians on their mission were at my church, after I heard all of their vocation stories, I guess I felt something strong in me, since right when I got in the car after youth group I told him ” I want to be a priest”(yes, it’s as blunt as it sounds, I remember that night vividly). My parents were very supportive of me after that night since they were with me all the steps of the way to discern my call to the priesthood, and I am ready for whatever lies on the road ahead.