Introduction of Seminarian - Bryant Rivas
My name is Bryant Rivas and I am a seminarian for the Diocese of San Bernardino. I am 28 years old and this is my fourth year in seminary formation. I grew up in this diocese and my home parish is St. Mel in Norco. Before entering seminary, I earned a B.S. degree in Biology from UCR and thought about pursuing a career in teaching. I was also very involved at the parish as a Eucharistic minister, Catechist, and leader in the Youth Group. During this time, I was working at the local Ralphs grocery store in Eastvale and also as a substitute teacher for the CNUSD. I had never really thought about priesthood until Pope Francis encouraged young people to discern vocations to the religious life in 2015. However, I now realize that there were many people in my life who had fostered a priestly vocation in me such as my former youth minister, current pastor, and godmother. I had many hesitations about joining seminary at the beginning of my discernment process. Nonetheless, I felt God leading me toward the seminary despite my faults and imperfections. The thing that was holding me back the most from embracing the possibility of a priestly vocation was fear. But St. Paul assures us that "God did not give us a spirit of cowardice [or fear] but rather of power and love and self-control" (2 Tim 1:7). Therefore, I courageously decided to jump in and give seminary a try. My years in the seminary have been very difficult from both a human and spiritual perspective. Nevertheless, I can honestly say that they have been some of the happiest times in my entire life. I learned so much about myself and I feel that God has made me a stronger person. The first 3 years of seminary I was at Serra House where I earned a M.A. in Philosophy. I am currently studying in San Antonio, TX where I am pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree in Theology. I feel that God has used the seminary process to make me a better person and hopefully a better priest for the future. I sincerely ask for your prayers in the same way that I pray for all of you. God bless all of you and your families!
Bryant Rivas / Birthday: 11/14/90
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DDF (Mission Advancement)
DDF Update - As of 13 Feb 2019
- Diocese Goal: $64,600
- Pledges Made: $10,545
- Gifts Received: $2,039
- Donors: 29
- Percent of Goal: 3.16 %
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