Profile: Father José de Jesús Sánchez

Hometown: Zapote de Peralta,
Abasolo, Gto. Mexico.
Home parish: Our Lord of Esquipulitas
Elementary/High School: Ignacio Aldama, Telesecundaria 55, and Video bachillerato.
Favorite Saint: Saint Joseph
Favorite Scripture: John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Favorite prayer or devotion and why:
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is my favorite devotion because it helps me to keep in mind that I need to pray for all the souls as a good shepherd.

Who will “vest” you at your ordination and why?
My spiritual director, Father Joe Palermo, will vest me because he knows me very well and he has been a good model for me during my discernment toward the priesthood.

Do you have any family attending the ordination? If so, who?
Yes, my parents Celia Quiroz and Jesús Sánchez, and two siblings Maribel Sánchez and Juan de Dios Sánchez.
What are you most looking forward to as a priest?
I am looking forward to administering the sacraments to my future parishioners and to grow in holiness with them.

Favorite Book:
Father Benedict Groeschel, The Mystery of Joseph.

Favorite Movie:
Gifted Hands—The Benjamin Carson Story.

I like to read, to run, to walk, and to play basketball.

Do you have any advice for those discerning a vocation?
God calls every day to each of us, but we need to learn how to listen to his voice. We should spend some time in prayer with the Lord and ask Him to strengthen us to do his will in our lives. Then we should celebrate the sacraments more often because through them God helps us to come closer to him, and finally, we should have a spiritual director, who will be able to guide us in our discernment. Let us not be afraid to say “Yes” to the Lord, let us walk together the way toward holiness!

Parishes where you served
as a deacon/seminarian:
Jackson St. Therese; Canton Sacred Heart; Catholic Community of West Jackson Christ the King and St. Mary