Even though my name is Jorge, everybody has called me George since I was four years-old. I am from Medellin, Colombia, where I started my adventure to become a priest for the glory of God and the service of the Church. In the middle and high school Minor Seminary, I started to feel God’s call to serve Him through the priesthood.
In my home parish, Nuestra Senora del Carmen, I started to have an active pastoral ministry as an altar boy, catechist of First Communion, Confirmation, RCIA, and music ministry. Through formation in the Minor Seminary and my pastoral ministry in the parish, I learned I was born to serve the Lord through the priesthood.
I studied my philosophical formation in the Major Seminary of Medellin, and after three years I decided to leave the seminary temporarily in order to continue my License of Philosophy at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. However, when I was going back to the seminary, my mother passed away (my father died when I was 14), and I had to care for my two younger brothers. I was a philosophy teacher in different schools and colleges of the city, and in 2009 I received an invitation from Bishop Clark through Fr. Jim Schwartz to come to the Diocese of Rochester and continue my formation for the priesthood. Becket Hall was a great experience for me, and I was proud to finish my priestly formation at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore.
In my prayers I always ask the Lord for the capacity to show His face to each single person who I have contact with in my daily life. The mission of the Church is my own mission. I do not have another one. Therefore, my task is to “go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit” Matt 28:19. This is why I am here. God took me from Columbia so that I could spread His Word to the whole world, especially in the Diocese of Rochester. If you ask me what I want to do in my future ministry as a priest, I surely will answer that I want to share God’s message with love in order to make true disciples of Christ. My life should give a real testimony of life because I should always act in persona Christi.
Holy Cross Parish is blessed with a large pastoral staff to meet the needs of parishioners and manage all the active ministries. Our staff includes our pastor, a parochial vicar, a weekend assistant priest, a deacon, a parish ministry coordinator with an administrative assistant, a parish visitor, a teen/tween ministry facilitator, and a religious education coordinator.
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