A Child’s Vocation

            I wish I could have a son-priest someday; publicly expressed and applauded at the Parish of Our lady of Perpetual Help, Namuac, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan in 1997. Our family through the invitation of Fr. Pablo Garay, the parish priest, witnessed the blessing of their adoration chapel after which attended the mass officiated by Most Rev. Diosdado A. Talamayan, D.D., archbishop of Tuguegarao.

            At the get together, the archbishop asked, Mrs. What year is your son? I replied, Archbishop, he’s at 2nd year Minor Seminary to which with amazement he said, Oh, it’s a long time to go!

            On the summer of 1993, at 11 years old, PJ, my eldest son started serving as altar boy at the chapel of the Oblates of the Holy Spirit. This may have inspired him to enter the Minor Seminary for his high school.

            Having PJ after 5 ½ years of marriage is a privilege given by God, and so, in my pilgrimage to Holy Land and other places in Europe, I left copies of our offering to churches and convents of sisters. However, on his third year, the prefect of discipline commented, your son does not respond to seminary formation. He graduated in 2002.

            I bought a college plan for my son in 1989 dreaming that he would study at UST. But it was not meant to be and he entered the San Pablo Seminary in Baguio. Everything was going fine until our house helper received a call from the Seminary rector on March 24, 2003, a few days before the closing of classes. Frantic, I approached priests and bishops for help.

            The “advice to leave” evaluation from the seminary’s prefect of discipline came on March 30. Msgr. Gary Formoso, Vocations Director of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, my son and I wrote letters for reconsideration to the rector but it was denied. My hope of assistance from Archbishop Edmundo M. Abaya and Bishop Antonio Tobias failed but I trusted their wisdom to let go.  The following year, PJ was enrolled at the San Beda College taking up the same course, AB Philosophy and Human Resources Development.

            I accidentally saw my son’s Compilation of Compositions. I was deeply touched with his My Unforgettable Experience _ it was to be in love. My youngest son Neil is also a seminarian, but expressed his intention only in finishing his high school at the seminary.

            “THY WILL BE DONE” – aptly describes the serenity I now feel. With my strong faith in God, I now leave things in His hands, confident He knows what is best for my sons.

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