My name is Luis Contreras, and I was born in the Puruandiro, Michoacan Mexico. My home parish is Assumption-Guadalupe. This vibrant parish, which is located in South Omaha, is filled with rich and diverse cultures all united with love for the Triune God as well as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The calling from Our Blessed Lord to discern priesthood came slowly over several years, until I was finally willing to respond. The first moment I remember thinking about the priesthood was when I received my confirmation—I was blessed to receive the grace to literally feel the power of the Holy Spirit descend and envelop me with overwhelming love. One day—several years later—I had a thought about going to daily mass; and it became a daily habit. Around the same time, I discovered Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen; in doing so—I felt that he was speaking to me personally to do a Holy Hour every day. The more time I spent with the Lord, the more I fell in love with him. Lastly, I read St. Thomas Aquinas’s proofs for the existence of God; I was completely awestruck that we could come to know God in an intellectual way and that our Catholic faith is compatible with reason.
Some things I like about Conception Seminary are praying the liturgy of the hours and going to daily mass. I also really enjoy my philosophy classes as well as building relationships with other men discerning a call to the priesthood.
Perhaps the best advice I can give to someone discerning a vocation is to directly ask God what he wants you to do, spend some time in prayer listening to God, and talk to a priest about these thoughts you’ve had.
My main hobbies are: drawing, playing soccer, and reading.