A dream rekindled
FATHER LUIS ROMERO, C.M.
What attracted you
to your community?
Life in community was important tome once I started to think seriouslyabout my vocation. I also liked thatthe Vincentians were missionariesand that they served the poor.
What kind of ministry
have you experienced?
I’m currently a vocation directorfor my community. Before that, Iworked in the Hispanic apostolateof Rockville Center on Long Island,New York—one of my best ministryexperiences to date. I was able tobring God to God’s people throughthe sacraments.
Your favorite part
of ministry today?
It’s a blessing and joy to interactwith young people, getting to knowtheir stories and sharing my storywith them, guiding them, helpingthem make a decision.
What’s the most fun
you ever had with your
Road trips! And listening to funnystories members tell about life inthe missions.
How do you like to pray?
Silence and meditation or singing.
Saint Oscar Romero. And ever sinceI was a child I’ve liked Saint DominicSavio.
What gives you hope
about religious life?
There are still people willing to sayyes to God’s call. I believe and trustin God’s promise that he will alwaysbe with us and will provide laborersfor his harvest.
Growing up in a remote part of EL Salvador, Father LuisRomero, C.M. remembers that when a priest wouldarrive once or twice a year, the Masses were major,festive occasions: “I would always ask myself, ‘Whois this man, and what does he have that gets peopleso excited? What is it he brings that gives so muchhappiness and joy to the people? I want to be like him.’ ”Fast forward many years and a move to the UnitedStates. Working in a factory on Long Island, New York,Romero’s childhood dream was reignited when theVincentian who always celebrated the Spanish Mass athis parish invited him to join a vocation discernmentgroup. Six years later, he entered the Vincentians.
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