Happiness discovered on the path to priesthood

  • March 25, 2010
Editor’s note: This is one in our series of profiles on the men who will graduate from St. Augustine’s Seminary this spring and be ordained to the priesthood for various dioceses.

Kim D’Souza was born into an Indian family living in Nigeria. During his childhood there, D’Souza was greatly influenced by his parish priest, an Irish missionary who gave him an ardent love for the faith and the Catholic Church.

While studying for an engineering degree, D’Souza began to wonder whether the Lord was calling him to the religious life or the priesthood.

“I began to ask myself, would I really be happy as an engineer? At the end of my life, if I looked back, would this really be what I was supposed to do?” he said. “And I had this crazy idea, this nagging idea that wouldn’t go away, that maybe God was calling me to be a priest.”

He was gradually drawn to the diocesan priesthood by the example of his university chaplain. World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto also played an important role in his discernment and decision to embrace the call.

Upon completion of his philosophy studies at McGill University in Montreal, he entered St. Augustine’s Seminary in 2005. After five years of theological and spiritual formation, as well as experiences in parish ministry and as a chaplain for army cadets, D’Souza is now eager to begin ministering to God’s people as a priest of the archdiocese of Toronto.

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