"A bit about myself: I was born in Mexico and moved to Seattle at the age of eight. After high school I started taking classes at the local community college with the intent to transfer to a four-year university and major in biology and work doing research and teaching. Shortly after starting college I went through a period of atheism but providentially found myself at a Holy Thursday mass. During this mass, when I saw the priest take off his chasuble to begin the washing of the feet, something happened in me and all the doubt and sadness I felt from not believing in God became an awareness of the certainty of God’s existence and love. Not only did I receive the gift of faith, but I had this inner desire, an unexplainable need, to replace that priest I was looking at on the altar. I had an encounter with Jesus that night that completely changed my life.
I was 18 when I had that moment of grace, and wanted to get some life experience and buy a car first before entering seminary which I finally did at 24. I did three years of college seminary at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon, then transferred here to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago for theological studies. I am now in my 6th year of seminary formation. This fall I started my studies as a 3rd Year Theology student, meaning that, in God’s grace, by the end of this school year I will be ordained a transitional deacon. This past summer I did a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA. It was a beautiful experience of learning from people in their suffering. I have been able to have various formative experiences like these which are made possible thanks to the prayers and financial support from all of you. It allows me to focus on growing in my spiritual, academic, pastoral and human dimensions without having to worry so much about finances.
A few novelty facts about me: I love the creative. I like to draw and take photographs both of nature and some more directly religious inspired themes. I am on a mission to visit all 58 national parks within the U.S. In the last few years I’ve visited 22, mostly on my drives between Seattle and Chicago. If any of you have Instagram, I post my hike photos @eyeofcarlos, and my seminary life, art, and creative photos in @mindofcarlos. Aside from art and hiking, my other hobby is fish keeping. I am limited now as a seminarian but have kept fish for many years and really enjoy doing elaborate natural fish tanks.
I look forward to hearing from you, and know that you also count with my prayers for all of you and your families."
At our November pancake breakfast we received $1200 in donations from our generous parishioners, Carlos will be receiving the full amount. We will also be able to send Carlos an extra $200 as Supreme gives us $100 for every $500 we are able to contribute to Carlos.