20 Vocation Stories

posted Apr 5, 2018, 9:23 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 12:00 AM ]
Name: Joel Fernandes
Parents: Jossy & Delphine Fernandes
Parish: St John the Evangelist, Marol
Motto: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me”. (Gal 2:20)

My Vocation Story: On the occasion of my ordination, I feel happy to share my journey towards priesthood. Well, it took me eight long years to discern whether God is calling me to be a priest. It all started in the year 2001; when I first heard the call,I got confused and frightened as to what was happening to me; was I hearing voices, or was I crazy? I went and met my cousin and told him everything, and he suggested that I should go for a retreat. I went for a retreat to Vinayalaya; I narrated the whole experience to a priest there. He told me that I would have to take a decision myself whether to join the seminary, or do something else. At that point, I decided not to join the seminary. Instead, I joined the catering college and did my Diploma in Hotel Management. Then I began my career in the hotel industry as a Chef. I loved my job, and it gave me tremendous job satisfaction, learning different types of cuisine and working in various hotels and restaurants. I worked for almost eight years.


Name: Savio Lobo
Parents: Hermenegildo and Philomeena Lobo
Parish: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Borivli
Motto: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased. ” (Mark 1:11)

My Vocation Story: I believe a vocation is a gift from God. I received this gift during my childhood whilst attending Mass with my grandmother at Immaculate Conception Church, Borivli, when I experienced a lot of peace and tranquillity. It was probably here that the seed of vocation was sown in my heart. At home too, the atmosphere was prayerful, and my devout parents helped in nurturing my vocation. I was also inspired by my maternal uncle - Fr Bertie Rosario, a Jesuit priest who helped me to look at my vocation as a blessing. Whenever he came to our house, I observed him spending time in personal prayer and reading his breviary. Also, his jovial and pleasant personality, his lovely sermons and lifestyle helped me to view the priesthood as a joyful vocation. It helped me to realise that even though one gives up almost everything, it is nothing compared to the blessings one receives from God.


Name: Joseph Valiampokayil
Parents: V D Mathew and Mary Mathew
Parish: St Marys Church, Dehu Road, Pune
Motto: “I am with you always” ( Matthew 28:20)

My Vocation Story: I did my schooling at St Jude’s High School,in the Diocese of Pune. The thought of the Priesthood came to my mind, when I was in my 5th grade and I had just begun altar service. As High School approached, however, the idea of being a priest was pushed out of my mind, as other interests took its place. I was very interested in sports, and wanted to become a footballer. When I entered college, I realised that the thought of the priesthood kept ringing constantly in my mind. I refused to respond, and never took interest to ponder over it. After completing my graduation and starting to work, the thought of becoming a priest continued to ring in my mind. I started discerning, and full of anxiety, I turned to the Vocation Director of the Salesians for guidance. He told me to stop discerning, and to just get to know the Lord. I was stunned! Stop discerning? But I took his advice, and focused purely on praying and getting to know the Lord. I didn’t think about what my future would be like; I just left myself open to the Lord.