Home Parish: St. Christopher, Houston, TX
My interest in the priesthood stemmed from second grade, where in CCE class I was allowed to sit in the presiding chair at St. Christopher’s Parish in the southeast side of town. Soon, as I began serving mass, my pastor introduced the idea of the priesthood and deemed it something worthwhile. Growing up through grade-school and in high school, I felt as if I was capable of being a good priest. It was just not something I wanted to do. Upon becoming more aware of the shortage of priests and feeling called to the priesthood in my late high school age, I left it as more of a grudging option…to help out the church. And so I named myself “Peter” during confirmation to always remind myself that I could be a rock in the church, as I was a rock to many who needed help or guidance. Then I went to the University of Houston to further pursue a career in health, just as I mapped out from my DeBakey High School days. I soon found out that keeping “Peter” in mind was just the beginning, and God would reveal my inevitable need to serve the many that I’d meet, from organizations to people around campus. As the oldest of in a Nigerian household, finishing college was another step in cementing one’s livelihood and creating a family, a path for your siblings to follow…not necessarily to change paths afterwards and soon become a priest. Although this has been something hidden deep inside of me, being a priest allows me to be a tool of God’s love. I’m able to touch the lives of many, just as I was put on this earth to accomplish. Becoming a priest is not a task that helps the church, but fulfills my being in this world.