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God is incredible. I was only 17 when I decided to become a priest one day. I had no idea if this was what my call would be. I was only 12 a few years ago thinking I was going to have my own family with two dogs and a goldfish.
Now, knowing this is my call, it’s mind-blowing. I come from a family of eight. I am the oldest and my parents have been my biggest supporters. My dad has been very active almost his whole life at our parish even before it was built in 2005. My mom has always reminded us of the importance of God, and how we should always thank him and love one another.
There were four boys in the house, so my mom always said that one of us was going to become a priest, so whenever she said that, we would quickly point at our youngest brother and say: “Not me!” Even in my parish’s youth group, we had always believed that someone there was going to become a priest one day, but no one thought it was going to be me. It was a few years back when I first heard the call from God.
I got invited to Búsqueda (Search) a few times but I didn’t go until 2019. I went with my sister and there I really felt closer to God. It was such a beautiful experience that I cried in front of other teenagers. It was surreal. I learned so much, and it was there where I felt a ‘spark’ in my heart. There was someone talking about seminary, and he was giving his testimony about it, and in the end, I felt something pulling me closer to the table where he was handing out pamphlets to a retreat called, “Come and See.”
After Búsqueda, I was talking to my parents, telling them my experience and they were happy for me. My mom still tells me about the time right after we came back home that I told her: “I need to do something more for God, because I am not doing enough.”
It was that day in December where I felt so close to God, and felt this joy and peace that I have never felt in my life. At the end of the retreat, Msgr. Scott Friend got ahold of me, and we both shared our contact information so we would stay in touch. We met again at a cultural event and we talked more.
It just never stopped: I had so many questions and God had so many answers. Everywhere I went, there was a new sign telling me this was what I was going to do, and during my senior year of high school, I decided I wanted to become a priest.
If you wish to contact Kevin Medina, please e-mail Georgina Pena in the Vocations Office or call her at (501) 664-0340. This article was published Oct. 11, 2021. Copyright Diocese of Little Rock. All rights reserved. This article may be copied or redistributed with acknowledgement and permission of the publisher.