“I wasn’t always Catholic. I was raised Anglican, and in my early years, religion was the cornerstone of my family’s life. However, growing up with 3 brothers, weekends quickly became filled with different sporting events. Every brother had to be in a different place at a different time and so we slowly stopped going to church. In 2004, my parents got told us they felt a hole in our lives, as if something was missing. My father suggested that we look into the Catholic Church, as he had attended Fairfield Prep, as well as Providence College, and had a very positive experience of the Church through the Jesuits and Dominicans. That Advent, we went to Mass at a few different Catholic Churches in the area, and as my mother always says, we “found our home” at St. Catherine of Siena in Trumbull.
In 2005, my family and I were accepted into Full Communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. It was on this night that I received my First Holy Communion, and my relationship with Jesus Christ truly began. Unfortunately, I did not recognize this amazing gift until much later. During middle school, I was the average Religious Ed. student, and I went along to Church because my family was going. My personal faith began to deepen in High School, when my older brother Tyler took me to Eucharistic Adoration for the first time. It was here that I began to recognize that Christ was truly present in the Eucharist, and this changed the course of my life.
I didn’t always live the perfect life that I was called to, but I loved the time that I spent in Church, especially in silent Adoration of our Lord, and I really began to understand the mercy of God through the sacrament of Confession. By growing closer to God’s Church, as well as various people, including several priests and the Marian Community of Reconciliation, I began to understand the love that God has for me, and that God wants me to live a holy life, in imitation of Christ.
By growing in understanding of His Church, and a love for the sacraments, and a particular love for Christ present in the Eucharist in Holy Mass and Adoration, I began to recognize a desire to be a priest of Jesus Christ. After dating and going to college at The Catholic University of America, the sense that God was calling me to be His priest grew stronger and stronger. Though the visit of Pope Francis to Washington D.C. it became very clear to me that I was called to seriously discern the call to the priesthood in seminary.
I entered Saint John Fisher Seminary in Stamford in the Fall Semester of my junior year. I thought that I had a solid prayer life, but seminary exponentially increased my desire to pray. After all, the only way to figure out what God wants us to do it by talking with Him! My love for Christ in the Eucharist and experiences of God’s mercy in the confessional have proved to me that through all the difficult things I have gone through, and no matter what I will go through in the future, God loves me, and will never leave me. Christ died for me, and when I truly understood this, I realized that the least I can do is to, like the apostles, drop everything and follow him. In the words of Saint Peter: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life…”
– Colin Lomnitzer, Seminarian, Stamford, CT
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