What first attracted
you to your community?
The example of the Oblate
priests in my home parish in
Bakersfield, California initially
drew me to consider their way of
living. The simplicity, humility,
and community life were too
tempting to resist.
Ever had any
Plenty, including some I can’t
share! Usually my friends call me
Serg or Sergie, and one friend
always calls me Father Boogie
because I love to dance.
What kinds of ministry
have you done?
Right now I’m the vocation
director for my community,
but I’ve worked in many areas:
parish pastoral work, juvenile
corrections, services for
neglected children, foreign
mission trips, catechesis, and
Your best ministry
experiences so far?
Working with young people
one-on-one and seeing them
grow and “get” their faith.
Also, I enjoy celebrating the
sacraments with youth and
seeing their faith come to life.
way to pray?
I love going to Adoration and
being in the presence of Jesus.
It’s refreshing and helps me to
calm down and focus.
The best part of living
Being part of a family. It is one
of the best feelings to be home
with others, to share your day.
We pray daily that we imitate
the Holy Family within our
community. It isn’t always easy,
but it’s great to keep on trying.
COUR TES Y OF THE OBLATES OF S T. JOSEPH
FATHER SERGIO PEREZ, O.S.J.
When Sergio Perez told people he was joining the Oblates of St. Joseph,
his friends said, “Yeah, right!” His mom was so upset she cried. What was
the guy who loved dancing, founded a fraternity, and aspired to being an
actor or teacher with a wife and plenty of kids doing? He was letting go so
“God could lead me to my happiness and holiness,” he says. Eleven years
later his large family and once skeptical friends accept and embrace his
vocation as a religious priest.
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