Tell us about your family.
I come from a family of six. I have two wonderful parents, Maria and David Martinez, both of whom grew up in a small village in Guanajuato, Mexico. My twin and I are the middle children, and I am the only boy among my siblings (Don’t worry...I survived). I find, however, that my family in Christ keeps growing, and have now more siblings than I can count.
Where are you from, and what is your home parish?
I was born in the hilly city of San Francisco, California. My family moved to Portage, Indiana when I was ten years old. My home parish is Saint Paul in Valparaiso, where my family serves in the Hispanic ministry.
What seminary do you attend, and what year are you?
I am currently a freshman at Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.
What is it that draws you to the possibility of priesthood?
The priesthood holds in itself countless of opportunities to minister to those in need. To be able to call Our Lord down from Heaven and, not just physically, but spiritually nourish his people is the most beautiful mystery in the world. My hope is to be an instrument of God’s Divine Mercy and empty myself out completely for the sake of others. I believe the best way to reach this goal in my life is in the holy priesthood.
Who are some of your role models?
All of the saints are my role models, but among them Saint Padre Pio, Saint Augustine and our Blessed Mother are some of the biggest reasons I made the decision to seriously follow Christ my sophomore year in high school.
My youth group and community in Chicago, Camino y Esperanza, has also given me many holy role models, as well as a fundamental spiritual formation. The late Deacon Roberto Rivas, who founded the community with his wife Ana, had a witness that impacted my life and many others greatly, more so after he left to receive his eternal reward. In him and his family, I was able to see what a total giving of self looks like. I saw the sorrows such a life holds, but also the many joys. If it were not for this witness, I would not be in seminary, or on the path of God, for that matter.
What is your favorite Scripture passage?
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.”
- Romans 12:12
Photos reprinted with permission of Northwest Indiana Catholic Newspaper, Debbie Bosak, Editor.