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Arturo Bazan

Office of Vocations: Diocese of Oakland

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Arturo Bazán

Name: Arturo Bazán
Date of birth: April 27, 1985
Hobbies and interest: Reading, Computers and travel
Favorite saints:
Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe), St. John Mary Vianney, Padre Pio, Servant of God Pope John Paul II

The story of my vocation began during my childhood. Although I didn’t recognize God’s voice at the time, he was calling me.

Being brought up in a good Catholic family, we were accustomed to attending Sunday Mass at noon. I remember seeing the altar boys and wanting to participate and do the things that they did. So finally I became an altar server. I rang the tower bells between six and eight times every Saturday and Sunday. I really enjoyed being an altar server. It was a very peaceful time for me.

My life continued like any other young man. I got into middle school and later in 2002, I moved to the United States under the advice of friends. In 2004, after being away from the Church for some time, I experienced the worst depression of my life. My life was chaotic, it had no meaning and I had no idea where I was headed. I didn’t even know why I was so far away from my family. Then a beam of light appeared. I participated in a Charismatic Congress that took place in Richmond, California. While at that Congress, I felt the peace that I felt when I was an altar server in my childhood. God healed my sadness and invited me to follow him.

I began to work with youth in prayer groups and I did some ministries with my parish in Oakland. While doing this I began to feel the call to the priesthood but was afraid of it for about a year. I finally surrendered to the Lord and said, “Do whatever you want with my life.” Now after almost three years of discernment, speaking with priests, attending daily Mass and spiritual guidance I am very sure that the priesthood is my destiny.

I’m very happy that God has chosen me to be one of His own in the world and give testimony of his love and power. Although I’m not worthy to receive such a wonderful gift, I pray each day for wisdom while I try to do my best to please him in my vocation.