Move to Canada awakens a pair of vocation calls

  • April 20, 2011
Hezuk ShroffHezuk Shroff says he has been blessed with not one, but two vocations.

Born in Calcutta, India, in 1971, Shroff was raised in the Zoroastrian religion. When he came to Canada to attend McGill University in Montreal, he discovered the first of those vocations, a conversion to the Catholic faith.

While exploring his faith and the possibility of becoming a religious brother, Shroff was sent to Cebu in the Philippines to do missionary work. It was there he found his second and deeper vocation, a call to the priesthood.

“Father doesn’t have time for us,” said the youth of Cebu, according to Shroff. “Father is too busy running the parish.”

“Those words remained with me in my heart a very long time,” said Shroff. “How was it, I thought, that a parish priest cannot have time for his own people? Isn’t the priest the shepherd of souls?”

It was then that Shroff knew God was calling him to become a priest.

Shroff, 40, will be ordained on May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ottawa.

“I promise never to say to anyone in my ministry, I don’t have time for you. Because frankly, it is not my time to begin with. It is Christ’s.”

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