Christopher Mannion

Home City: New Fairfield, CT

Home Parish: St. Edward the Confessor

St. John Paul II once said, "The world looks to the priest because it looks to Jesus."  When I was a freshman in high school, I went to do mission work in an impoverished urban community.  In this community there was a priest who, through the sacraments and setting up a soup kitchen and a homelessness center, was able to bring those who were broken and poor into the light of faith.

Following this experience, I spent a few years in high school wondering where God was leading me, and I often found myself mystified by the priesthood.

My junior year of high school, I went on a weekend retreat with 3,000 other Catholic youth, and I remember throughout that weekend watching the different priests performing the sacraments and thinking to myself, "that could be me one day." 

I came home from that weekend having fallen in love not just with God but also His Church that He gave us, and the sacred priesthood. The idea of being a priest to God's people here in the Diocese of Bridgeport never really left my mind after that experience, and has led me to seriously discern this vocation in seminary.

I have come to realize that if God is calling me to be His priest, it would truly be the greatest gift I could receive. I have had the blessing of growing up around and befriending many holy, joyful priests.  Their witness and joy has led me to seek that same vocation for myself.