|Juan Carlos Garcia|
Juan Carlos Garcia
2nd Year College
Seminary: Hispanic Seminary of the Santa Maria of Guadalupe, Mexico City
Ordination Date: 2019
Birth Date: June 24, 1992
Home Parish: St. Juan Diego Catholic Mission, Robbins, NC
High School: North Moore High School, Robbins, NC (Class of 2011)
College: Hispanic Seminary of the Santa Maria of Guadalupe, Mexico City
Hobbies: Tennis, Soccer, Reading, Video Games, hanging out with friends
Who Influenced/Inspired you to Priesthood: Without a doubt Pope Benedict, because of his efforts on ecumenical dialogue. The style of this Pope has made him a very influential person in my life. Another person that has helped me in my vocation would have to be my parish priest, Fr. Bill John Acosta Escobar. His willigness to ensure that people understand their faith, as well as making sure that they live their lifes according to God's commandments.
What would you say to a young man who thinks he may have a vocation: Be patient, when God is calling it takes time to understand what God wants from us. Time clarifies what it is that the Lord desires from us.
Favorite Scripture Passage: Jeremiah 29:11. What I make out of this passage is that the Lord wants us to be happy in a sense that you are at peace with your conscience and with His church. When you do this, you realize the road that God has prepared for you, and what he wants for you, oviously this requires prayer.
Favorite Saint: St. Benedict of Nursia. This monk's humility and devotion for God allowed him to see the road that the Lord had prepared for him, and what was his mission for the church of Christ. Establishing the Benedictine order was the greatest accompishment of his time because it allowed people to seclude themselves from greed and individualism, thus creating a community of God in which one could live his/her life according to the teachings of Jesus, while demonstrating the proper way of combining work and prayer.
Anything else of note you would like to share with the Diocese: I am very human. I love to play sports, especially watching them on tv. I hang out with my friends as much as I can. Also following Christ is not easy, I have understood this already, but I am absolutely sure that Christ will reward all those that preach the gospel and work for the salvation of the people of God.