2021 — IV Theology

Dc. Omar Galván, Immaculate Conception Church, Fort Smith

Attends St. Meinrad Seminary, Indiana

I originally felt called to the priesthood when I served as a youth group coordinator. Every Saturday during those two years, I would go to the youth group with a prepared talk. I also served in several youth retreats. During this time, I felt the call to the priesthood more intensely. After high school, I attended two years of college and sought a career, but instead of finding a career I found my vocation.

The beautiful thing about formation is, if it is taken seriously, it presents a lot of changes in life. For example, after reviewing all that I have done these past years, I have experienced many lessons and faced obstacles. One of the greatest discoveries is how I have changed. I have gotten to know myself more. I can identify my weaknesses and try, each day, to learn from them. I also recognize my strengths and utilize them to help others.

Getting to know myself in a deeper sense has helped me develop a stronger relationship with God. The process of getting to know myself is a two-man job, God and I. God has shown me the things that I need to work on. To change for the better, I had much help from my spiritual director and my formators. They have helped me with providing “food,” which I take into prayer with God.

After I accepted my vocation, I lived in the House of Formation for four years and earned degrees in Spanish, psychology and philosophy. I now attend St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in southern Indiana. St. Meinrad is a great place to grow as a person but especially as a future priest. Thankfully, I have one year left to finish my seminary studies. A new year means new obstacles and problems, but also new perspectives and insights.

 As I enter my fourth year of theology, I will be taking new steps and hopefully those steps will lead me to my priestly ordination. God willing in August, I’ll be ordained a deacon. I plead to God to give me his Spirit to show forth his love in service as a deacon. I trust God has already answered my plea because I am witnessing the love many of you have for the Lord.

The commitment to my vocation has grown more and more because of the people of this diocese. I have had the privilege of traveling to several parishes for different events. The kindness of the people of the diocese encourages my commitment to my vocation and makes me desire the priesthood more than anything. Being present with the people during a parish event is beyond describable.

Seeing the parishioners happy to see me in their parish activities makes me so happy to serve God. At that moment, I feel blessed and grateful to be a part of people’s lives, hoping that one day I will be the one serving them as a priest. Especially this summer, I have the privilege to be part of a parish before getting ordained. I believe that I have been formed to the priesthood of Jesus Christ not only in seminary but in all places I go, even in my down time with family.

I know there will be many challenges during the summer that will help me become a better priest. I plead with everyone that reads this to keep me in their prayers. I know I can count on prayers from all the Diocese of Little Rock. Be assured that I have all of you in my prayers.

If you wish to contact Omar Galván, please e-mail Maria Izquierdo-Roque in the Vocations Office or call her at (501) 664-0340. This article was published July 1, 2020. Copyright Diocese of Little Rock. All rights reserved. This article may be copied or redistributed with acknowledgement and permission of the publisher.