Did you receive a personal sign from God calling you to Holy Orders?
Answered by Father Charles Viviano, Resurrection Parish in Lakeland, May 10, 2017.
Asked by Samantha, a 7th grade student at Resurrection Catholic School, Lakeland.
That is an excellent question! I began to feel a calling from God to the Priesthood when I was in 5th Grade at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Daytona Beach. I was most inspired by the priests in our Church and by the sisters in our school and I decided to serve God and His people by becoming a priest myself when I got older.
At that young age, I got more involved as an Altar Server, and as a Lector, Greeter and Usher. It felt so good working for The Lord. And I kept doing more as I got older and entered Father Lopez Catholic High School.
After graduation I applied and was accepted as a seminarian to the Diocese of Orlando. And yes, I would be very happy to share my journey to Priesthood with anyone who invites me to do it!