I was in Rome when I heard a voice.
It was my uncle, the priest in charge of the choir.
I thought, This guy is going to do something cool.
He was so kind.
I was very excited to go there.
A year later, I went to a church in Buenos Aires where I met this priest.
The guy was like, “We are going to start a choir.”
We went in there, and he said, “Do you know what this is going a little bit crazy?
You guys are going in a choir.
And if you want to be a priest, you’re going to have to go in the choir.”
I said, Okay, but I don’t want to go into the choir myself.
I’m going to be like, Oh my God.
He said, I am going to give you a very specific training, and it’s not going to look like a choir at all.
I don’ want to get caught in the crossfire of what you’re trying to do.
I can’t be a member of a choir and be like: Oh, my God, I have to wear a dress or something.
I need to wear some sort of costume.
So, this is what I did.
I came into the sanctuary and said, This is what it’s going to take to become a priest.
They were really nice.
I got in the uniform.
I wore the uniform with my hair pulled back, but it was not as formal as a priest would wear.
They taught me about my faith.
They gave me some books about the faith.
So I was like: OK, this will be fun.
I did a lot of studying.
But I wasn’t ready to be in a church yet.
I felt like I had been taught very little about the Church, and I was not ready to come in and learn how to do it.
So my uncle was like — and I’m not saying this to get into a feud with him — he was like my uncle is a good guy.
And he said to me, I want you to go back to the parish and join the choir again.
I said I’m really tired of being a member, and my uncle said, Well, I’m sorry, but you have to be with us, because we don’t have any more time.
I wanted to be part of the Church and go to a choir again, but they said, You’ll never make it in.
So we were like, OK, what the hell.
I really want to leave this church.
It’s been years.
But, then, this year, I got a new friend.
I met her in the city.
I’d only been to Rome once.
She was like that guy, and she was a little older than me.
She’d been there for six months.
She’s like, I know you’ve been with this church for years, but what’s the point of going there now?
And I was really curious about her.
I asked her if she’d ever been to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
She said yes.
And then I asked if she had any questions.
And she said, Yeah, I was a missionary in the Philippines, and we had to go to the Holy Land for the Holy Mass.
And, so, I asked, Why go there?
And she says, Well because it’s my church, and now I want to join it again.
And I said to her, Why?
And that’s when I started to really get into it.
I told her, I don, I think, want to do this.
But now, I can actually do it, because it is the Church.
I want this to be my church again.
It doesn’t matter if I’m a priest or a choir member.
I just want to learn how I can get in there and be part in the Church that I love.
And this is how I’m doing it now.
I’ve got the faith now.
And what I’m trying to tell you is, I’ve seen a lot more than I ever thought I would.
But there is still so much to be done.
And that is what has changed.