Joseph Fiorentino


Notre Dame Seminary
2901 S. Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70457

School: Notre Dame Seminary
2901 S. Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70457


I grew up around Flowery Branch, Georgia, in a homeschooling family of 8.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and any other outdoor activity. Working out is another pastime that I enjoy.

What is one of your favorite scriptures?

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

This verse saw me through some rough times when I was in high school and my job.

Who is your favorite saint and why?

St. Benedict. His life story was amazing. God saved him on multiple occasions and its very rare that you have sibling saints, St. Scholastica.

In a nutshell, what is your vocation story? How did you feel called to the priesthood?

I was about 16 or 17 and I just kept hearing this little voice inside of me talking about the priesthood. I shut it down because I wanted to do what I wanted. I did that for about 3 years. Finally, I was so mad and stressed because I didn’t know what God wanted me to do with my life. In that moment I heard God’s voice deep inside of me just say, “How many times do I have to tell you?” After that I started the application for admittance as a seminarian and was accepted in February 2016. It has been the best decision I have ever made and I have no regrets.

What is seminary life like for you?

It’s great! I’m a new seminarian and in just a short while here I have grown closer to God and have formed friendships that I never dreamed of.

What do you look forward to about being a priest?

The number one thing I wanted to do is celebrate the sacraments. Every one of them by themselves is beautiful and as a priest, God willing, I will be able to perform all of them.

What advice do you have for other guys thinking about the priesthood?

If you truly feel like it’s something God wants you to pursue then follow it. The worst thing you can do is try and frustrate God’s plans. For me, I didn’t have any peace until I said yes.