Ordinand aims to be a 'real deal' priest

By 
  • March 12, 2010
{mosimage}Editor’s note: today we begin our annual series that profiles the men who will graduate from St. Augustine’s Seminary this spring and be ordained to the priesthood for various dioceses.

Luis Calleja Jr. was born and raised in Toronto and is an only child. He felt called to the priesthood at 18, but only responded after several years of soul searching. He stayed at Serra House to discern his vocation while studying philosophy at St. Philip’s Oratory. He then entered St. Augustine’s Seminary in 2005.

Calleja credits Fr. Michael McGordy, his spiritual director at St. Augustine’s, for helping him get through his seminary days. Whenever he had doubts about his call, and whether he could live up to his vocation, McGordy was there to encourage him, he said.

“To me, he’s a real deal priest,” Calleja said. “And that is what I aim to be as your future priest. A real deal priest. A priest who’s genuine, honest and caring. A priest who loves his people and his priesthood. A priest who isn’t afraid to face any challenge. Fr. Mike inspired me to be myself and to love and trust in God always. He and the other priests were men of prayer, and to me that’s what a priest should be, from the very beginning, a man of prayer.”

Calleja will be joining three uncles and three cousins from both sides of his family as priests. Calleja will serve the archdiocese of Toronto.

Comments (1)

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

With out Father Calleja in my life I would still be lost and searching. Thank you for being a really deal Priest. You have saved my soul and have give my son the love of our church and our Lord.

Tim Wettlaufer
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Please support The Catholic Register

Unlike many media companies, The Catholic Register has never charged readers for access to the news and information on our website. We want to keep our award-winning journalism as widely available as possible, which has become acutely important amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. But we need your help.

For more than 125 years, The Register has been a trusted source of faith-based journalism. By making even a small donation you help ensure our future as an important voice in the Catholic Church. If you support the mission of Catholic journalism, please donate today. Thank you.