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Seminarian Juan Salas:

Celebrating God, His people, and chocolate

Seminarian Juan Salas was born in Aguascalientes City, Aguascalientes, Mexico to Alfredo Salas Candelas  -- retired and serving a part job as art professor in a cultural institute -- and Bertha Alanis Tavira, a homemaker. He has one sibling, a sister, Anabertha Salas.

When did you first feel the call to enter the priesthood?

I first felt the call to enter the priesthood when I was a child; I was about eight or nine years old. I think that being an altar boy awakened that feeling.
Who influenced you along the way?
The person who influenced me the most was the pastor I had in my childhood. I used to see him as a great person, somebody who was active the whole day; celebrating Mass, talking with people on the streets, exercising, attending parishioners at his office, visiting houses, but most of all, I saw him happy. I just wanted to be like him. Nevertheless, my family raised me as a Catholic and always supported me choosing this path. I can say they influenced me, too.
How did your family react to your decision to enter the priesthood? My family has always supported my decision to enter the seminary. However, in the beginning they did not think I was serious about it. So then, that when I told them I wanted to enter the seminary it was a little hard for my father because, as I am the only son of the family, there would not be any decent with my last name.
What did you imagine seminary would be like? Is it different than you imagined?

Before I went to the seminary, I did not know very much about the seminary. I wanted to know what the seminary was like, how the seminarians lived, and other things. I thought the seminary was a place where the seminarians were praying the whole day and they were not allowed to do something fun. There was this equation in my mind: Seminary equals dark, boring place. Certainly it was not. I discovered that seminary is a place where those who have the curiosity about the priesthood could develop themselves intellectually, spiritually, humanly, and apostolically. It is a place full of values that can help seminarians through their life. There is time for everything; time to worship God, to study, to play, to work.
As you go through seminary, have you recognized any misconceptions about seminary students, or those seeking the priesthood, that you would like to dispel?
Just after I entered the seminary I met one of my old friends on the street. I noticed he was dubious whether to shake hands or just to say hello. I extended my hand and gave him a good shaking hand. We talked for a while and finally he told me: “So, now you are in the seminary. Will be still friends?” Of course I say yes. Now, some people think that seminarians are odd people. Seminarians are just as the rest of the young men are. We have family and come from some town. Sometimes we are afraid of something and other times we are happy. Some of us do sports and arts, and like to go around with our friends sometimes. What distinguishes us from the rest of the young men is that we want to be Priest: live the celibacy, to administer the sacraments, and to configure ourselves as Christ, the Highest Priest. And by the way, we do like chocolate a lot, at least I do.
Can you name something that you look forward to in your priesthood?
First of all, I look forward to be a holy priest, just as many of our priests in the Dodge City diocese are. I hope God calls me to the priesthood. I look forward to help people in their relationship between others and God: being a bridge.
Can you describe one of your favorite things about attending seminary?
One of my favorite things in the seminary is the opportunity to meet people from all over. We get to know people from other countries (as I am). And one of the greatest things is that we all are looking for the same goal. It is just amazing the fraternity we live in here. I have made very good friends and my relationship with Jesus has grown, too.
What would you say to anyone considering the priesthood?
The seed of the vocation is born deeply in our hearts. One of the first signs of this vocation is to feel an interest in the priesthood. Once this happens, you should give yourself the opportunity to discover what the priesthood is about. Do not throw away this option without trying, without considering the priesthood as an option for your life. Take off your fear. God is calling you because God needs men of value like you.

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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