Frankie Garcia

Pre-Theology I
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
St. Bernadette Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary? 

I worked as an Inbound Marketing Consultant at a marketing agency startup for Nonprofits and Universities. Prior to that I attended George Mason University where I received a B.S. in Managerial Economics.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance? 

During my college and post college years, I found that I had this growing desire for the priesthood that wouldn't go away. I finally decided that I should give this vocation its due diligence and started actively discerning the priesthood. As I continued to discern the priesthood, the Holy Spirit gave me more and more spiritual consolidations and confirmations. During this time I heard about the Spiritual Year and that sealed the deal.

Why do you want to be a priest? 

The first and most important reason why I want to be a priest is that I feel God is calling me to this vocation. Secondly, I have this desire in my heart to give everything to God and to serve His people. Not enough people know Christ's love nor the joy that comes with giving everything to him. I would like to bring this excitement to the ends of the earth so that everyone is stoked on Jesus.

What are your favorite pastimes? 

Anything involving family, wrestling, soccer, surfing, skateboarding, hiking, and photography. In particular, one of my favorite memories was catching waves at the beach until it was too dark to see the next wave coming.

What is your favorite quote?

I'm cheating and putting two quotes: 

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set world on fire." — St. Catherine of Siena

"To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement" — St. Augustine of Hippo

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

I would choose St. Francis Xavier—my confirmation and baptismal saint. St. Francis was an awesome and daring missionary that was willing to bring Christ to the ends of the earth.

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

Don't stress about immediately finding out your vocation. Focus on your relationship with Jesus first. Fall in love with him and stay close to the Eucharist. Make sure you're praying regularly and receiving the sacraments. Especially during this discernment period, it is important to be open to God's will and be aware of how the Holy Spirit is moving in your life. Then finally—practically speaking—talk to priests and seminarians about their experiences and how they ended up in the seminary. 

If there are any other facts about yourself that people might find interesting, you can note them here:

I do my own stunts.