Aaron Zanca

Theology II
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
The University of West Florida
The Basilica of Saint Mary

What did you do prior to entering seminary? 

I served as Assistant Director of the Youth and Young Adult Apostolate at the Basilica of Saint Mary. 

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

A firm desire to serve the people of God, Adveniat Regnum Tuum!

Why do you want to be a priest?

We live in a society that does not know God, that does not desire to remember her roots. Our society needs Jesus Christ and His life saving words. I hope that He can work through me to be a bridge were there are encounters with the life saving graces of God.

What are your favorite pastimes?

Painting, reading, soccer, running, hiking.

What is your favorite quote?

“Haz lo que Dios quiere y, querer lo que Dios hace” (Do what God wants, and love what God does) - Saint José María Rubio y Peralta

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

I have two: My patron saint St. Martin of Tours, is a saint that reminds us of the necessity to do charity and not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. Also, St. John of Avila, his writings are extremely motivating, they call me to want to hand my life over to Christ. 

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?

Discern, but take to the plough and don't look back, let the Church discern with you. God will not take advantage of you, because all is for your gain and the good of souls!