Home Parish: St. Mary Church, League City, TX
My home parish is St. Mary in League City. I also belong to the Cameroon Catholic Community that currently worships at St. Nicholas Church in Downtown Houston. I am currently studying at St Mary’s Seminary in Houston.
I am a cradle catholic and was blessed to be raised in a home where praying was almost like a daily chore. We prayed as a family first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening before going to bed. The Months of May and October were really striking because we prayed the holy rosary every evening as a family. I was born and raised in Cameroon and lived there until I completed my college degree before traveling abroad. While growing up in Cameroon, I was an altar server as early as in my third grade and served until high school when I became very busy with the Young Christian Students (Y.C.S.) under the Youth Ministry.
During my high school days, I did two years of Religious Studies education taught by an ex seminarian who inspired me a lot. Upon graduating from high school in 2004, my only desire was to go to the seminary but I finally decided to go to college first to study mass communication and see what the Lord actually wanted me to do with my life. While in the school of Journalism, I met a Priest who was studying for an undergraduate degree in Journalism. This Priest was great, young, and very inspirational and his preaching and celebration of the Eucharist increased my desire to serve one day as a Priest.
I also received several types of training as a member of the Y.C.S. and did my best to daily practice the motto of See, Judge and Act. After participating in many Youth Leadership workshops, I was made Diocesan President for the Y.C.S. I volunteered during my college days to move around the diocese of Buea-Cameroon training young people and organizing events to keep them active in things pleasing to our Lord. These activities only drew me closer to our Lord during my quiet moments of contemplation.
After completing graduate school in 2010, I moved to the United States of America from Europe and began my teaching certification. I taught in Public Schools for five years and loved what I was doing until this deep desire to go to the seminary surfaced again. I first contacted Fr. Dat the vocation director at the time back in 2012 and then attended the program “Discover the Road Less Traveled” to discover what the Lord was saying. The more I attended it, the desire to join the seminary only kept growing. Everything was so good at my job, from constant appreciation, promotion to increase in salary but I was not truly satisfied when compared with the desire to serve God as a priest someday. I felt this burning desire in my heart to introduce the world to the one I love-Jesus! As my love for him grew by the day.
Again, I contacted the vocation office in the winter of 2016 after I felt a deep consolation during Mass when I was praying St. Padre Pio’s prayer after Holy Communion titled ‘Stay with me Lord’. That led to further “Discover” meetings with Fr. T.J. and the vocation office. The vocation office staff have really been wonderful in assisting me continue to discern God’s call until this moment that I am a Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Since I became a Seminarian, I have continued to enjoy true consolation of what it means surrendering all to the Lord for His will to be done. My favorite scripture is found in John 30:30 ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’. This verse reminds me that I am nothing without Jesus and in Him I trust. Please pray for me and all Seminarians.