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We all wanted to be heroes
Testimonio vocacional del Fr Nicholas Fisher, L.C.

P. Nicholas Fisher, L.C.
Fr. Nicholas Fisher, L.C.

I was born on June 5, 1982, in the city of Oswego in central New York, and spent my childhood in the town of Sterling, practically on the shore of Lake Ontario. I am the second of three children. My father comes from a family of Dutch protestants, whereas my mother is the daughter of Italian immigrants and has been a Catholic her whole life. My parents were married in the Catholic Church and my brothers and I were baptized Catholics and went to a private Catholic school.

One day when I was about 4 or 5, my mom took me to weekday mass at our parish. I was very little and wasn’t an alter boy yet, but that day our parish priest, a holy man, asked me if I would like to ring the bells during the consecration. I said yes, so he gave me the bells and I sat in the first pew with my mother. At the moment of the consecration she told me when to ring them and I did, first for the consecration of the bread and then of the wine. At that moment, I remember, I thought for the first time that perhaps I would like to be a priest.

We used to talk with my friends about what we wanted to be when we grew up: of course one wanted to be a politician, another a firefighter, another a doctor, another the president… in short, we all wanted to be heroes. In that instant there in my parish church, I understood in some way that the priest is more important than all those others, for only he can change the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus.

A few years passed. My parish priest taught me to be an altar boy,
P. Nicholas Fisher, L.C.
he gave me my first communion, and he gave me above all the example of a life dedicated to serving God and others.

In fourth grade I began to feel restless. I felt that God was calling me to be a priest, and that I should start preparing myself in some way. So I asked my mom if there was some school for boys who wanted to be priests. She is a very religious person and knew that I felt the vocation stirring in me. If my question surprised her, it didn’t show. She said that she had a friend whose son was studying to be a priest and she would look into it.

It turns out that my mom’s friend was a member of Regnum Christi and her son was at the Apostolic School of the Legion of Christ in New Hampshire. Thus, my family met the Legionaries for the first time. It was 1992. My mom’s friend put us in touch with Fr Kermit Syren, a young Legionary priest who had been ordained in Rome by John Paul II a year before. He invited us to visit the Apostolic School in New Hampshire and so my family went for a few days to see it. I was only 10 and the apostolics were all older than me, and I don’t remember much from that first visit. During the next school year I returned several times for retreats. I remember the first one very clearly. As soon as I arrived I felt at home, happy and at peace, and I felt that God really wanted me there. The next summer, 1993, I went to the summer program and entered the Apostolic School at the end of the summer. Thus began the great adventure of preparation for the priesthood.

Twenty years have passed since then: beautiful years, full of joys and sorrows, of countless graces; years marked by the closeness and motherly care of the Blessed Virgin and the unfailing friendship of Jesus Christ. I thank God for so many graces, for the support of my family, the prayers and example of so many priests, religious, consecrated persons, and laity, who have accompanied me on this path, above all for my brothers and sisters in the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi. May God grant us the grace to persevere in his friendship, serving our brothers and sisters until death.

Fr Nicholas Fisher was born in Oswego, New York (USA), June 5, 1982. He entered the Legionaries of Christ as a novice in Cheshire, Connecticut, U.S.A., on September 15, 1998, to move after to the noviciate in Salamanca, Spain. He studied humanities in Cheshire, Connecticut (USA). He has a license in philosophy and bachelors in theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He carried out his apostolic internship in New York (USA), Padua (Italy), and Vienna (Austria). He is currently chaplain of the CEYCA grade school in Mexico City.



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