Joseph Fiorentino

School:

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

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

Background

I was born and raised in Georgia and have lived in the Gainesville/Flowery Branch area all of my life.  I am the second oldest of 7.  My siblings and I were raised Catholic and were homeschooled growing up.  I was an active member of the Boy Scouts and my brother and I both made the rank of Eagle.  Many of my siblings and I worked at the local Chick-Fil-A as well.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I love to play sports.  My favorite is Ultimate Frisbee; however, I also play a lot of soccer, disk golf, volleyball, tennis, ping pong, and any other sport that is being offered normally.  I love the outdoors and spend a lot of time hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, running, biking, and anything else that will get me outside.  I also have a great love of music and spend a lot of time training on vocals and learning new pieces of music.

What is one of your favorite scriptures?

I love the Book of Revelation.  For me, this book is full of hope and has been a great comfort to me.  It shows things getting really bad and that there will be darker times than anything we can imagine; however, Christ wins!  It is a fantastic reminder to me that this life and this world are passing.  No matter what happens here and no matter what we endure, Christ wins!  Therefore, there is good reason to hope and find consolation in all trials!

Who is your favorite saint and why?

I really like St. Joseph.  He has taught me so much about what it means to be a man and what level of holiness is possible for people who are touched by Original Sin.  His silence speaks volumes and reveals his profound humility.  He is the head of the Holy Family.  Which means the ever sinless Virgin and the Son of God were obedient to him and subjected themselves to his authority.  This is truly mindblowing and such a beautiful example of humility, obedience, and love being shown by all three of them!

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.

What is seminary life like for you?

It is a different way of life than I was used to.  It has been very challenging for me and has been fraught with different joys and sorrows.  However, every cross, trial, joy, and victory is changing me and shaping me in ways I would never have imagined.  I have also developed some of the best friendships through seminary and it is these friendships that help during difficult times in seminary.  It is with these friends that I find myself growing into a better man, igniting my love for God, and growing closer to these men who are striving for hol

iness and service of God beside me.

What do you look forward to about being a priest?

I can’t wait to celebrate the Sacraments, especially celebrating Mass and hearing Confessions!  That is all I want to do!  If I could be a priest and spend the rest of my life celebrating Masses, hearing confessions, and administering the other Sacraments, I would consider it a perfect life with no regrets!

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

Find a good and holy priest to be your spiritual director first and foremost.  A good spiritual director will help in the discernment process.  I would also encourage prayer, fasting, and frequenting adoration and the sacraments.  Ultimately, all men and women should ask God what He desires of them.  If you have the slightest thought that you are being called to the priesthood, pray with that and really open yourself up to the possibility.  God doesn’t make mistakes or change His mind.  If He is calling you, He has always been calling you.  Reflect on your life and look for indicators and for His hand directing you.  Finally, look for consolation and peace in your decision.  It might be hard and rocky to originally

accept His call, it was for me; however, once you accept the call, and if it is correct, you should find peace and joy in your decision.