|My interest in the priesthood began early in
life when I joined an altar boy’s group. I received a good example of
what it meant to be a Christian and followed Jesus through my Aunt Rose’s
life and faith. During China’s communist regime she was persecuted
because of her faith and was put in prison for many years. All through
this she followed Jesus with her whole heart. Her life had a great impact
on my faith and vocation.
After I moved back to Canada, I felt the Holy Spirit guiding and
leading my way through scripture and prayer. I gradually felt that there
was a renewal of my faith and a deepening of my understanding of God’s
Will through the bible. At the beginning of the year of Jesus Christ
(1997) I had a spiritual experience where I met Jesus Christ and my heart
was ‘converted’ by His love and mercy. Later, I felt that God was
calling me and asked me not to turn away from His call. After a period of
discernment and struggling with doubt, my heart was renewed by grace and I
was happy to say ‘Yes’ to Him. In 1998 I studied Philosophy at St.
Philip’s Oratory in Toronto. In 1999, I came to Vancouver and entered
the pre-theology program at the Seminary of Christ the King. In the
seminary I enjoyed the prayerful atmosphere of the studies and the daily
life of the community. Finally in 2000, the Holy Spirit led me to join the
Archdiocese of Vancouver as a diocesan seminarian.
In general, it made no difference to me whatever kind of life I chose
whether it was religious or married life. I just opened my heart and said
‘Thy Will be done’ and then followed Him because He calls me to be
good. I believe a vocation is neither in the future nor in the past but at
the present. In this way I seek His will in my daily life. I did not
choose to follow Jesus but rather I chose to respond to Him. I accept my
weaknesses and limitations, and I put my focus on Jesus who was crucified
on the cross and whose love gives me strength. It is in this way that I
would not be afraid to go ahead. Although I do not know what is going on
in the future, I just know that Jesus asks me to walk with Him and be
faithful to His call.