Reflections from our Seminarians

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Rev. Mr. Rjoy Ballacillo

Rev. Mr. Rjoy Ballacillo

2021 - Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Abra, Philippines
Home Parish: Our Lady of Sorrows-Saint Anthony, Hamilton

Advice to Discerners:

Let God work in you and through you!

Bill Clingerman

Bill Clingerman

2022 - Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Hometown: Jackson, NJ
Home Parish: St. Aloysius, Jackson

Advice to Discerners:

The way to know for certain that God is calling you to be a priest is to commit to go to seminary. So, I recommend taking the plunge, trust the Lord and go. It can only help you!

Kevin Hrycenko

Kevin Hrycenko

2023 - Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Home Parish: St. Joseph’s, Toms River

Advice to Discerners:

Talk with priests and/or seminarians, they went though the seminary process and can help calm any fears or anxieties about entering. Also pray, if God is actually calling you to enter seminary and become his priest he will let you know.

Brian Meinders

Brian Meinders

2024 - Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Lakewood, NJ
Home Parish: St. John the Baptist, Allentown

Advice to Discerners:

When we live a good Catholic life and have a habit of talking to (prayer) and receiving God in the sacraments, we are better able to understand where he's leading us.

Kenny Falls

Kenny Falls

2024 - Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Hometown: Manalapan, NJ
Home Parish: St. Rose, Belmar

Advice to Discerners:

Pray and participate as frequently as possible in the reception of Holy Communion. Your calling is from God, so discernment necessarily requires that your relationship with Him be strong.

Wynne Kerridge

Wynne Kerridge

2024 - Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Home Parish: St. John the Baptist, Allentown

Advice to Discerners:

Attend daily Mass as possible and pray some of the Divine Office. The prayer of the Church is both a channel of grace and a way to experience the heart of the prayer life of a seminarian and priest.

Tomas Villacias

Tomas Villacias

2024 - Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Hometown: Manalapan, NJ
Home Parish: St. Rose, Belmar

Advice to Discerners:

Pray and participate as frequently as possible in the reception of Holy Communion. Your calling is from God, so discernment necessarily requires that your relationship with Him be strong.

Anthony Gentile

Anthony Gentile

2025 - Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Manalapan, NJ
Home Parish: St. Thomas More, Manalapan

Advice to Discerners:

Take your discernment to Our Lord in the Eucharist at Adoration. Adoration was essential for my discernment, without it I don’t think I’d be here. I’d also say you ought to develop a deep devotion to Our Lady. The intercession of Our Mother is very powerful and she loves her seminarians!

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

2025 - Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Howell, NJ
Home Parish: St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson

Advice to Discerners:

If you feel God’s call and it is a constant idea in your mind, then you should give seminary a chance so you can discern your call further.

Pawel Derkacz

Pawel Derkacz

2026 - Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ
Home Parish: St. Ann’s Parish, Lawrenceville

Advice to Discerners:

You've already begun to think about becoming a priest, what's stopping you from diving in, and taking a chance on God? You are called for something, and God's people will be there along the way to help guide you to your destination - even before you reach seminary! Let your worries go, and lean on the Lord and have an open heart.

Kolbe O’Donnell

Kolbe O’Donnell

2027 - Saint John Paul II Seminary, Washington D.C.
Hometown: Point Pleasant
Home Parish: St. Rose, Belmar

Advice to Discerners:

I recommend to greatly deepen your relationship with the Blessed Mother, for she will guide you to wherever the Lord is calling you.

Nicholas Alescio

Nicholas Alescio

2027 - Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Hometown: Fair Haven
Home Parish: Church of the Nativity, Fair Haven

Advice to Discerners:

Pray always and often! God desires an intimate relationship with you, and prayer is the best way to know Him. His plan for you will fulfill you unlike anything else in this life. Whether you are called to the priesthood or not, discernment is a gift that enables us to know Him and love Him more deeply than ever before.

Mariano DelValle

Mariano DelValle

2027 - Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Hometown:
Home Parish:

Advice to Discerners:
Julian Young

Julian Young

2028 - Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Barnegat, NJ
Home Parish: St. Mary's, Barnegat

Advice to Discerners:

Be open to being used by God and don't be afraid of answering the call. Trust in God, and have faith that He has a purpose and plan for your life and that nothing you do will be a wasted effort; but if you never try, you will always be left thinking: “what if?”

Kyle Holler

Kyle Holler

2028 - Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Burlington Township, NJ
Home Parish: St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington

Advice to Discerners:

Attend Mass, Adoration, and Confession regularly, talk to priests and seminarians about their discernment process, and pray lots.

Jared Wrath

Jared Wrath

2029 - Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Home Parish: St. John the Baptist, Allentown

Advice to Discerners:
Dominic Amilcare

Dominic Amilcare

2029 - Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Tabernacle, NJ
Home Parish: St. Mary of the Lakes, Medford

Advice to Discerners:

Pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament a lot, attend mass, pray the Holy Rosary daily, and set an example of piety and leadership for others to follow.