Looking back on it, I realize it was a long, often overwhelmingly difficult journey for me to the Priesthood.
The odds were most definitely against me. In fact, the first clergyperson I told I wanted to be a priest told me in no uncertain terms, “No. Absolutely not! It’s not going to happen in this Diocese…”
But, as often happens, the doors that needed to open, opened. And by the gracealong the way, the very intentional roadblocks that were put in my way.
But more importantly than any of that, there were many, many more loving, supportive and caring people who truly held me up, who prayed for me and who walked alongside me. I am grateful for them all. And when I think of them, I realize that the Church, when it’s done right, is incredible and amazing!