Pablo Aca-Tecuanhuehue

Home City: Bridgeport, CT

Home Parish: St. Peter Church, Bridgeport

My initial calling to the priesthood began at around 8 years old.  Having been raised in a Catholic family set the foundation of my faith.  As we attended Mass regularly and attended adoration, I received a better understanding of what it means to live a good christian life.  Since we got involved more in our Parish, St. Peter Church, we came across the Missionaries of Charity who had a community right across the street from the church.  When they started a bible camp and after school program, my siblings and I were among the first to participate in it.  As I further developed an understanding of my Catholic faith with the MC sisters, I fell in love with the gift of the Eucharist.  Realizing the significance of the bread and wine becoming the body and blood of Jesus Christ was astounding.  Knowing that I would witness this every time I went to Mass was overwhelming.  That is when I noticed the vital role priest have in the church.  Not only do they serve as a guides to the faithful in living out the commandments, but they also bring the spiritual sustenance, instituted by Christ Himself, that we need to have eternal life.

Even though the thought of becoming a priest faded when growing up, it resurfaced as I continued to participate in my parish and attend diocesan events.  With the encouragement of the religious sisters I worked with and my parents, I finally had the guts to submit an application.  Although, my journey in deciding to join seminary took awhile, God has been patiently waiting.  With the help of our Blessed Mother, I hope to continue serving others in the way Christ does.  Hopefully one day, even serving them as a priest!