It was Saturday and my family was driving home after
evening Mass. No one was talking much, and I just
rode along in the back seat, looking out the window.
There was not a cloud in the sky, and since
Texas is very flat, the sky seems to go on
forever. That night, the sky was like an endless dome
packed with stars. I was just gazing up and not
really thinking about anything in particular when the thought came
to me: “I want to be a priest”.
|Fr. Timothy Wysocki|
I was twelve years old, and it was the first
time an idea like that had ever occurred to me.
I remember at that moment I pushed it away because
it seemed so strange to me and I had no
idea where it came from. So I continued gazing up
at the stars as if nothing had happened.
The next morning, Sunday, I was in the yard playing
and my mom called, asking if I wanted to go
to a neighbor’s house to see a priest. I said
yes and I have no idea why I said it.
I am a very shy person and meeting new people
is not my thing. I guess I said yes because
it was a strange question. On the way to the
neighbor’s house I was really regretting having said yes, but
since we were already on the road, there was no
way I was going to ask my mom to turn
I do not have much of a
memory of the neighbor’s house, but what does stand out
is the image of priests in black suits. These priests
were different. One of the legionary priest started a conversation
with me and asked me about my grades and being
an altar server. Then he popped the question: “When was
the first time you ever thought about becoming a priest?”
he asked. “Last night,” I replied. To my surprise, the
priest almost fell off his chair. Literally.
this had happened in less than 24 hours and it
soon led me to enter the apostolic school, where I
spent the next five years. Then I went on to
an exceptional two years in Ireland for my novitiate, and
then one year in Spain, and on to Rome.
Now, on the brink of ordination and looking back,
I understand why the priest was so surprised that day.
It all unfolded so simply and directly, from a quiet
invitation while star-gazing to the “yes” I will soon give
at the altar. In prayer, spiritual exercises, university studies and
pastoral work I had a lot of opportunities to grow
towards the certainty of my vocation. Therefore, even when I
had to go through times of difficulties and confusion, I
have had something to keep me straight on course: Christ
called me. His living presence is the star that has
led me across the span of years, from that night
when I was twelve until today.
FR TIMOTHY WYSOCKI
was born in Houston, Texas on December 14, 1980. He
entered the minor seminary of the Legionaries of Christ at
the age of twelve. In 1992 he moved on to
the novitiate in Dublin, Ireland, before one year of studies
in classical humanities en Salamanca, Spain. He has a bachelors
and master’s degree in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical
Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He worked a few years
as administrator at the Oaklawn Academy in Wisonsin and is
currently working in California.
vocacionales de los legionarios de Cristo que recibieron la ordenación
sacerdotal en el año 2011 han sido publicados en el
libro "Dios lo da todo".