Khan Tom Fram

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Khan Tom Fram (left) with Pope Francis (right)

Please Pray for my Country!

My name is Khan Tom Fram and I am a seminarian from the Diocese of Boun Ma Thuot in Vietnam. I am writing to thank you, my benefactors, for helping me to complete my studies for the priesthood. This is my fifth year in Rome, my third year of Theology, and the last one that I will spend in the Eternal City.

Over the past year I have been doing pastoral work at a parish in the town of Cavriago, in the diocese of Reggio Emilia (Italy). I have grown so much interiorly through the pastoral life of working in this parish. I know that this experience will be very useful for me when I return home to my country.

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Tomas Mino

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Tomas Mino

I Owe My Life to Him

My name is Tomas Mino and I am a seminarian of the Greek Catholic rite from the eparchy (diocese) of Košice, in Slovakia. I am new to Rome, as I just moved here last September to begin my licentiate in Church Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Since I have only lived in Rome for six months now, I am still in the process of learning Italian, but I am learning a little more each day with the help of students and professors at Santa Croce.

The story of my vocation goes back to when I was about 13 years old. My family was always religious and would take me to Mass every Sunday, but I was a bit of a problematic child and was always getting into mischief. When I turned 13 I had a serious operation, during which the surgeon made a mistake, and as a result I had to remain in the hospital for three months. For the first time in my life I started to reflect on the meaning of my life and the kind of person I wanted to be if I were to ever recover. 

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Deneys Williamson

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Deneys Williamson

A Divine Adventure

My name is Deneys Williamson and I am a seminarian from the Diocese of Johannesburg, South Africa. I am in my fourth and final year of theology studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and I wish to express my deepest appreciation for your help.

I am also grateful to my professors and spiritual director who have helped me to better understand my responsibilities. They taught me that in order to be a good priest, I must first be a good man. 

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Albert Fortuny

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Fr. Albert Fortuny

To Serve Him as Priests

My name is Albert Fortuny and I am from Cambrils, a small village in the diocese of Tarragona, in Spain. I am in Rome studying theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Before entering the seminary, I studied industrial engineering for one year at the “Mayor College Pedralbes.” Through prayer and going to daily Mass, I discovered that God was calling me to become a priest.

I left my studies and everything that I knew to enter the seminary. After working for three years at a parish in the diocese, my bishop asked me to come to Rome. My experience here has been incredible! Moving to a new place is always exciting at the beginning, but these years will continue to be formative for me. My classes are interesting and it is a great experience to live with other seminarians and priests from all over the world. 

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Fr. Carlos Costa

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Fr. Carlos Costa

May Our Lady Reward You

My name is Fr. Carlos Costa and I am from Brazil. I would like to express my immense gratitude to you for your help in making my studies possible at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

I am about to finish my licentiate degree in Canon Law, so I am very grateful first and foremost to God, for the generosity He has shown me. I would also like to assure you of my prayers and thanksgiving for allowing me this additional period of priestly formation, which has contributed to my vocation and my mission in the Church.

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Fr. Victor Ramirez

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Fr. Victor Ramirez

May Our Lady Reward You

My name is Fr. Victor Ramirez and I come from the Western side of Mexico. I am in my first year of studying Institutional Communications at Santa Croce in Rome.

My vocation began to take root when I was a child. I remember greatly admiring the two priests who served in our small town, how they helped the parishioners, and how they would celebrate the Mass with such devotion. Later as a young teen, I felt the desire to answer God’s call after seeing St. John Paul II when he came to Mexico in January 1999. His message was exactly what I needed to hear.

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Fr. Fabiano Pinto

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Fr. Fabiano Pinto
A Future Canon Lawyer  Close to Mary's Heart

My name is Fr. Fabiano Pinto and I am a canon law student here in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. I would like to share a bit about my vocation story with you, and say thank you for the support you gave to me during my first year at Santa Croce.

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Fr. Didier Mokuba Ngankoy

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Fr. Didier Mokuba Ngankoy
Communicating Christ in the Congo
My name is Fr. Didier Mokuba Ngankoy and I am a Catholic priest from the diocese of Inongo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I would like to extend my gratitude to the benefactors who have made my Institutional Communications studies possible at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
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