"Training and tempering reduces the risk of doubting the path laid out by God."

In fact, he even worked as a professor at the National University of Piurain Peru, his native country. Nine years later, he again worked as a teacher in his hometown, but now teaching theology at the University of Piura, a work of the apostolate of the Opus DeiHe is also the chaplain of the Faculty of Engineering.

Father Chinguel moved to Spain to train to become a priest, and at the University of Navarra he completed his Bachelor's degree in Theology. He then completed his Licentiate in Moral Theology and finally his Doctorate, the thesis of which he defended in 2021. In the meantime, Don José Luis was ordained a priest in 2020. Right after his ordination he spent several months in Murcia, in two schools of Fomento, until he was finally able to return to Peru to continue his priestly ministry.

José Luis Chinguel Beltrán priest

In this interview with the CARF Foundation, this priest evokes with great affection his time in Pamplona, his priestly ordination in Rome, the fruits of the formation he has received during these years and the great memories he has lived once ordained.

God, the Lord of Miracles

You have lived in Europe and also in Peru, your native country. What similarities and differences have you seen in the faith and the Church in both places? During my stay in Europe I was only able to visit Spain, France and Italy. These are nations with a long Catholic tradition, but which still maintain the faith in sectors of the society of each country. I did notice the advance of the secularization process, but God continues to awaken in hearts a desire to seek him and to devote themselves to his service. In fact, I remember that, at the university during the days of Theology and other conferences, I noticed the presence of students from other faculties, especially from Medicine, who were very interested in hearing about the topics of faith and religion that were offered to us.

The great advantage of Europe, in my opinion, lies in being close to Rome, the center of Catholicism, as well as being close to historic places of faith: Santiago de Compostela, Assisi, Fatima, Lourdes, and others. Peru, on the other hand, is characterized by being officially and mainly Catholic, although the practice of faith is clearly lower. However, popular devotion has a powerful "pull" among the people. There is one in particular that is very deeply rooted and that is the Señor de los Milagros, to whom many Peruvians pay much devotion.

You studied in Pamplona, what was your experience like? Indeed, I studied in Pamplona, since September 2015. A beautiful experience. I arrived there at the age of 33, after having worked as an economist for more than ten years. It was a return to the classroom that cost me at first. I had to make some effort to catch up with the rest of my classmates.

What struck you most about your time at the University of Navarra? Several things. The beauty of the campus, the great variety of the students' backgrounds and, above all, how organized the university is. Another striking thing was that we theology students were considered the same as other students from other faculties, with the same rights, the same obligations and access to the same places as the others. I pleasantly remember the cordiality of the secretaries, of the library staff....

José Luis Chinguel Beltrán priest

How has the training you received helped you in your pastoral work? Studies in Pamplona in the UNAV School of TheologyTheological studies have not only helped me to deepen my knowledge of Sacred Theology, but also in the good habit of looking for reliable sources to turn to for the preparation of my preaching, which is a constant in the priestly ministry.

And on a more personal and spiritual level? Undoubtedly, having lived in the Aralar Hall of ResidenceHis spiritual wake has left a deep impression on me and on the people who knew him and who passed it on to me in very interesting gatherings and, in general, in all the activities of study and formation that I received there.

What have been the most memorable moments you have experienced as a priest? The day after I was ordained in Rome I went to St. Peter's Square for the Angelus with the Pope. When it was over, the people I was with decided to go to lunch in the Trastevere district. While we were there, on one of the streets we passed, there were a couple of young ladies collecting signatures. One of them came up to me and said, very quickly, a few words that I did not understand, and then asked me in Italian to give her a blessing. For me it was my first act as a clergyman: to give a blessing to a person.

But, above all, I remember the moment of my ordination, which I cannot explain. I felt that culminating moment during the laying on of hands by the cardinal who ordained us.

José Luis Chinguel Beltrán priest

The first baptism I officiated was something special.

And any others? The first Mass that I celebrated, which was in the Roman church of St. Girolamo della Carità. It was a gift from God because it was a beautiful church, because the Cardinal of Lima and several compatriots who heard about my ordination wanted to attend. A day later, I passed through France, on my way to Pamplona together with five other priests. We stayed overnight in Lyon and the host encouraged us to go to Ars and celebrate Mass there, in the chapel where the patron saint of parish priests and priests is, St. John Mary Vianney. It was another great gift from God.

Nor will I forget the first baptism I officiated, it was something special. Also the first wedding celebrated in Piura. In the conversations prior to that wedding, I told the bride and groom that I was more nervous than they were, but that I would try to calm down and give them confidence.

From the experience you already have, what do you think a priest needs in the face of the many challenges he faces every day to bring God to others? Looking in perspective, it is not only the studies, which give us a great deal of training and help us to face the challenges of our ministry, but also the fact of forging our spiritual mettle and enriching our soul. I think that this reaffirms us in our vocation and thus reduces the risk of doubting the path traced out by God.

On the other hand, the financial aid received for studies includes lodging in a good residence or college in sufficient conditions, which educates us in the dignity that as priests we have to take care of, if possible with even more exigency, when exercising our ministry.

José Luis Chinguel Beltrán priest

Would you add anything else? Yes, the sport that one tries to do at this time also constitutes a healthy habit in view of the task of helping souls. In this way, the priestly overload can be dissipated and better endured. Every Sunday I used to organize an indoor soccer game in the sports hall of the University of Navarra.

Do you want to say something to the benefactors of the CARF Foundation? To the benefactors of the CARF Foundation, I extend my sincere thanks. I would like to tell you that your generosity does much good and that God our Lord will take it into account as merits for you and your family. Count on my prayers, even though I do not know you personally. Through the communion of saints, I believe that the prayers of priests benefit all those who have made your formation and ordination possible.

"Benefactors, your generosity does much good and that God Our Lord will hold it in high regard as merit for you and your family."

"History shows us that God never leaves his people alone."

Currently, this Guatemalan priest is parish priest of El Señor de Esquipulas, as well as episcopal vicar of the Southeastern Vicariate of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala. Between 2005 and 2007 his bishop sent him to Rome to study Church History at the University of Rome. Pontifical University of the Holy Cross This helped him to better understand his faith and also to transmit it better to the thousands of faithful during these years. During his stay in Rome he lived in the Tiberino Priestly College, years in which he was able to soak and nourish himself with the universality of the Church. 

The seed of faith

In his childhood, Mr. Luis Enrique Ortiz received the seed of faith at home, in a family filled with the love of God. She learned from an early age that every blessing was a gift from God. Even in family trials, reluctance was never an option. She would always say to herself, "God is good."

Among her most vivid memories is her First Communion, the sacrament that changed her life. From the moment she learned of her enrollment in preparatory catechesis, the longing to receive Jesus in the Sacrament became her beacon. The day arrived and she felt something incomparable. Then she remembered the phrase of her family: "God is good".

The silent call to the priesthood

The call to the priesthood did not resound like a sudden thunderclap, but like a soft murmur that intensified over the years. The influence of the family was the first echo, where the love of God was lived daily. At the university, the seed germinated even more during volunteer work in marginalized regions of Guatemala. Wherever he went, people would tell him: "You would be a great priest"This was a statement that puzzled the young Luis Enrique. 

He was astonished every time he heard it, because it was a very intimate idea that he had not told anyone. However, he soon understood that it was God, using the voices of those around him, who was calling him to serve in his harvest. Sacramental life and feeling all the love of God led him to take the definitive step. Without regrets, he affirmed that God had been good, surprising him even when he himself felt he did not deserve it.

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Roman chapter: study in the eternal city

Between 2005 and 2007, his bishop entrusted him to go to Rome to complete his formation as a priest studying Church History at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. This chapter of his life in the eternal city became a gift from God for his ministry. He resided at the Tiberino Priestly College, absorbed the universality of the Church and explored the depths of his faith.

The University of the Holy Cross not only provided him with historical knowledge, but opened his eyes to the divine work throughout human history. Church history became a palpable testimony to the hand of God. He discovered how the writings of many saints and pontiffs, who have been given the title of Doctors of the Church, continue to carry weight today. How that wisdom, emanating from God through the Holy Spirit, is latent and very fresh. 

"My time in Rome has been of great help to me as a priest, because I have received tools to be able to teach the laity that our faith is no fantasy, but has strong foundations that make the believer involved in the study of God. And both spiritually and personally it makes our service meaningful, because history shows us that God has never left his people alone, but always makes himself present and even more so in our life by being another. Alter Christus".
Luis Enrique Ortiz, priest from Guatemala.

The challenges of a priest

Luis Enrique Ortiz's almost 25 years of priestly life have taken him through countless paths. Among the most profound experiences he has lived as a priest, he highlights the visits to the sick as moments where God's mercy materializes. These encounters are not only acts of service, but opportunities to touch divinity in human frailty.

In the face of the challenges and dangers facing priests in today's society, Father Ortiz emphasizes the need for both academic and spiritual preparation. In a world in constant change, where faith faces challenges, the priest must be a beacon that illuminates the fundamental message: the Love of God.

Conclusion: a legacy of faith on the move

The story of Father Luis Enrique Ortiz is a living tale of faith, vocation and service. His pastoral journey in the Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala is not only a personal testimony, but a source of inspiration for those who seek light in the darkness. His life, woven with divine and human threads, continues to write a legacy of love, service and dedication in the journey of the Church.

"We priests must transmit to young people, with our lives, a certainty and security."

The seed of his vocation to the priesthood in his grandmother's faith

In the vast northern plains ArgentineDanilo and his siblings were raised by their grandmother in the region of Chaco, where the town of Presidencia San Roque is located. From her, a woman who prayed a lot and prayed constantly to God, he received his faith. When he went to study in another town, he came into contact with the parish of San Antonio de Padua of Río Bermejito. With the spiritual guidance of the priest Ramón Roa, and accompanying him in his work in the many rural localities he served, the desire was awakened to serving the Church

In a pastoral experience, Aranda answered the call to become a priest and decided to enter the interdiocesan seminary. His path to the priesthood was forged in the authenticity of the faith lived in the daily life of his home, and was consolidated in his dedication to the rural communities that longed for spiritual sustenance in the middle of the vastness of the Argentine plains.

"My grandmother, with her constant prayers, illuminated the path of my faith. In youth ministry I discovered the call to serve, especially in rural areas. The priesthood ceased to be just a calling; it became my mission."

Priest Danilo Juvenal Aranda.

Theology in the streets of the Eternal City

Danilo Aranda's path to the priesthood led him to the Eternal City, Romewhere theology is breathed in every corner. At the International College Sedes Sapientiae and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, he not only acquired knowledge, but also lived a unique fraternity with young people with the same vocation from all over the world.

Theology became more than an academic study; it was an experience that he embraced with all his mind, heart and soul. Studying in Rome allowed him to meet Popes Benedict XVI and Francis who left an indelible mark on his path.

The special life of the Eternal City was reflected in every class at the university, in every experience with companions who shared the same spiritual concerns. The vitality of Rome not only nourished his academic formation, but also strengthened his commitment to his priestly vocation through human and spiritual formation. 

"Rome not only gave me knowledge; I was immersed in the living history of the Church. In those days, I experienced the universality of our faith. Dialoguing with the popes was not only an honor, but a living lesson in humility and service."

Priest Danilo Juvenal Aranda.

An everlasting memory of Rome

Among the cobblestone alleys with the sanpietrini and the majestic basilicas of Rome, Don Danilo treasures memories that will stay with him for the rest of his life. The day of Pope Francis' election, for example. On March 13, 2013, he was studying, reviewing a subject, when the doorbell began to ring, he began to hear voices and feel a lot of movement. Until he heard someone say "habemus papam". Everyone from the school ran out to St. Peter's Square, even though it was raining, as they heard the sound of the church bells ringing announcing the election of Pope Bergoglio.

"Every cobblestone in Rome has a story. Remember the day of the Habemus Papam is to relive an epic of faith that marked my heart. The rain did not dampen the joy; it made it more intense".

Priest Danilo Juvenal Aranda.

From ordination to parish ministry

Challenging pandemics and discovering beauty in service

Ordination in 2015 marked a new chapter in the life of Father Danilo Juvenal Aranda. From the position of episcopal secretary to pastor of St. Bernard, his path has been marked by service and accompaniment.

The pandemic, challenging but full of opportunities, revealed to him the beauty of pastoral service. Accompanying his community in the midst of uncertainty became a tangible expression of his commitment and devotion. Each stage of his journey has allowed him to discover new dimensions of his vocation as a priest, from administrative roles to direct service in the parish. 

"The pandemic was not just a challenge; it was an opportunity to discover the very essence of service, to find beauty in the midst of adversity. My work as a priest took on new meaning in those days."

Priest Danilo Juvenal Aranda.
Listening, accompanying and witnessing: keys to connecting with young people

In a world where young people are increasingly distancing themselves from the Church, Father Aranda addresses the challenge of bringing them closer to God. His experience in various parishes and in youth ministry reveals the importance of active listening.

Authenticity and closeness are essential to connect with today's generation. The young people They yearn for more than speeches; they seek a living witness to the faith, and Fr. Danilo strives to be that presence full of hope and joy. In every community where he has served, he has understood that genuine connection with young people is built on authenticity and empathy.

"Young people are looking for authenticity and an incarnated faith. They need witnesses who reflect the joy and hope that only God can offer. Youth ministry is not just a duty, it is a passionate calling."

Priest Danilo Juvenal Aranda.
Faith, fraternity and ongoing formation: pillars of modern priesthood

Danilo Aranda, trust in God and fraternity among priests are fundamental. Also perseverance in prayer and service, a good spiritual director and ongoing formation. These are the pillars that support the priest's mission. 

"Faith, fraternity and ongoing formation are like the pillars that support the priest in turbulent times. Trusting in God and supporting each other are keys to success. In addition, ongoing formation keeps us prepared to face emerging challenges with wisdom and discernment."

Priest Danilo Juvenal Aranda.

"To live the Gospel is to live always hoping for the best."

For a time he practiced the profession as well as teaching at various universities. However, there was a call from God since he was a child that he always tried to hide or postpone. Until one day he could no longer say no, and went to speak to the bishop. And he was sent to Rome to become a priest, thanks to the CARF Foundation grantsHe first studied for a bachelor's degree in theology and then for a bachelor's degree.

Upon his return to Ecuador, specifically to the Diocese of Guayaquil, Father Sojos has exercised important pastoral responsibilities, both in the field of the communicationHe is also a professor at the seminary. In addition to having been assigned to various parishes, he is currently the rector of the diocesan cathedral.

Ecuador's social and religious situation

Don Francisco considers that the situation is complicated, with problems present throughout the country. Latin America and also globally. In recent years, a significant increase in violence has been observed in Ecuadorreaching worrying levels. This phenomenon, which constitutes a profound moral problem, is inherently intertwined with the questioning of the foundations of society, giving rise to destructive thoughts and ideologies.

The health of the Church in Ecuador

At Ecuador There is a lot of faith. "Look, I stand for five minutes at the front door of the cathedral at any time of the day and, for me, it's an injection of hope. Why? Because people never stop coming in. They don't come in to waste time, they come in looking for the Blessed Sacrament chapel, which is always full. They come in looking for a moment of prayer, to wait for Holy Mass or to go to confession. 

50 % of Catholics attend Mass every Sunday. This is a very high figure, despite the challenges of secularization and the advancement of groups evangelicals. There is also a high rate of return of people who, having entered the country in the previous year sectsThey returned to the Catholic Church when they realized that something was wrong.

The gift of faith

Don Francisco Sojos knows he is protected by the Lord. His greatest doubt of faith lasted only a few seconds, at the age of 15, while he was reading the book The Trojan Horse. It made him doubt whether the Church was not founded by Christ. Immediately, he realized what a "garbage" book he was reading and threw it away. In his family, a Sunday Mass family, there were never any doubts about faith and religiousness was lived as a matter of course. It was part of everyday life.

Vocation to the priesthood

As for the priesthoodhis vocation had always been present in his life. But it did not materialize until he was 28 years old, when he decided to enter the seminary. For seven years he had studied journalism and philosophy at the Universidad de Los Andes in Chile. And for another three years he worked as a professor in different universities and in his own communication projects. When he thought of the priesthood, he said to himself "for later, for later".

The definitive call came on a television program in Chile. He met a university classmate who was studying to become a priest. He asked him if he should not have already entered the seminary. When he returned to Ecuador, he spoke to the bishop, who decided not to send him to the seminary in Guayaquil, but to send him to Rome, to do the whole seminary at the International College Sedes Sapientiae and study at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

For Don Francisco, the experience in Rome was wonderful, getting to know the Church, getting to know the depth of Rome, seminarians and priests from all over the world, with so many ways of living the Gospel faithfully. This opens one's heart and mind to understand more deeply the Gospel and the mission of evangelization. The formation at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross has given him a deep love of doctrine and liturgy, transmitting to him the importance of not deviating from doctrine and of respecting the liturgy as an element that belongs to the Church, not to the priest.


The most important moments as a priest

"I hope that they have not yet arrived, but are yet to come. To live in the Gospel means to live always hoping for the best. If the best has already come, then where am I walking towards? I am walking towards Heaven, therefore, the best has certainly not yet arrived". 

When he returned from Rome as a deacon, the bishop immediately entrusted him with the reconstruction of a parish that had been destroyed. A few months later, he was appointed spokesman for the archdiocese of Guayaquil, to take charge of the communication and the relationship with the press at a very conflictive political moment, in a clash between the Government and the Church over the new Constitution.

Francisco Sojos has also been director of Radio Católica Nacional, a hard time because he had to be in charge of a parish and travel to Quito, to the radio headquarters. He had to travel back and forth in the same day.

After ten years in a busy parish, he has recently become the rector of the cathedral of Guayaquil.

What does a priest need in order not to succumb to the dangers he faces today?

In relation to the challenges facing a priest today, he stresses the importance of having good friends priests to avoid isolation and stresses the need for prudence, a virtue that should moderate life and prevent the risks of the world. In the face of the crisis of the Church, he proposes to reverse the situation through the love of Christemphasizing that being an evangelizer implies speaking from a personal love for God. The one who is in love with Christ convinces about what he loves. Talking about the love of God, instead of preaching about theories, is the key to being a convincing evangelizer.

The four weapons of a 21st century priest

Renars Birkovs is a priest who was born in Latvia, a small Baltic country smaller in territory than Andalusia and with barely two million inhabitants. It is located between Lithuania and Estonia, but also shares a border with Russia and Belarus, which currently places this small state in a strategic place for world security.

Latvian priest

A faithful and persecuted Church

Latvia is a multi-confessional society. Catholics represent approximately one fifth of the population, being the Latvian Orthodox Church the one that gathers more faithful. The situation is very different from that of its neighbors. Lithuania -and Estonia, one of the most atheist nations in the world, where Catholics barely exceed 6,000.

The Latvian Catholic Church has four dioceses, a seminary and several religious institutions. Communism, as in other neighboring countries, severely persecuted the Church, especially its representatives. During the more than five decades of dictatorship, the government undertook persecutions in various forms. From the beginning, with Stalin, the persecution was concrete: arrest of priests, deportations... Later, when they saw that these methods were not as effective as they thought to fight the Church, they began to deceive and manipulate the faithful and young priests with information that blackmailed them to decide to abandon the faith and the ministry. Something that left a deep wound in the ecclesiastical community.

Renars Birkovs grew up with a dying communism and in the midst of a democratic transition, but his parents and grandparents have told him the stories of how they had to manage to live their faith in the midst of an atheist dictatorship and communist. If they had to baptize a child, they did it discreetly and, for example, since Christmas was a working day, they had to go to church at night or very early, because no one could know.

Latvian priest

A priest spiritual son of the martyrs

This young Latvian priest has a special devotion to Bishop Theophilus Matulionis, the first Lithuanian martyr of communism, who served as a priest very close to his home parish. In his land there were many martyrs, some of them are in the process of beatification. In the early years, after World War II, there were many priests imprisoned, much external persecution.... For Renars they are like his fathers in the priesthood. Their testimony comforts your faith and your vocation.

Renars grew up in a Catholic family, despite decades of attacks on the Church and despite being a majority Catholic area. orthodox. It was in this experience of faith that the call to the priesthood. He felt a strong attraction, first of all because it seemed to him as something supernatural and special and, secondly, because the many good works done by the priests so that people could come closer to God. So he felt that this was his place.

He entered the seminary and, once he was ordained a priest, his bishop sent him to Spain to study Canon Law at the University of Navarra thanks to the support of the CARF Foundation. 

Eucharist, prayer and training, its pillars

In his first year of ordained service he was serving in a nursing home, and a lady in the hallway told him she was an atheist, started calling him names and hurled expletives in a contemptuous manner. Renars sat next to her for ten minutes and listened to her. He then told her about his life, his experiences, etc. He also told her that her grandmother was very religious. At the end they said goodbye very nicely. She realized how important it is not to be afraid to stand humbly where a priest is not welcome. Just like Jesus, humbly and kindly inviting everyone.

The steel plate of secularism

In societies that are increasingly secularists and far from God, this young man is clear about the weapons that priests should have at hand to confront these numerous dangers: "The most important thing is to celebrate the Eucharist with full devotion; to have a deep prayer life; and in addition there must be communion with priests, as well as constant formation and education".

Scott Borgman, a convert from the Pentecostal Church, today a Catholic priest

Through knowledge of the Scriptures they came to Catholicism.

Scott's father, a Pentecostal missionary, used to remind them that God loved them and had a plan for their lives. A plan they would understand through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and knowledge of the Scriptures. In fact, the Borgman children memorized Scripture verses from a very young age, which has been a great help to Scott in his understanding of God and His design for salvation. 

It was through the Scriptures that they came to understand a very revolutionary concept for them as Protestants and members of the Pentecostal Church: the idea that the Catholic Church had been founded by Jesus Christ and that, contrary to what they had been taught in the Pentecostal Church, today it was faithful to all the teachings that Christ had entrusted to it. Although they had a very deep knowledge of the ScripturesThey realized that they lacked the essential understanding of the origin of the Bible and who was qualified to interpret it. 

"I fell in love with the Eucharist"

The Sacred Scriptures, inserted in the context of the liturgical celebrations Catholic teaching, gave them the clarity they had long sought. It was a real relief for them to discover the magisterial interpretation of the Church that guarantees the authentic meaning of the Scriptures as understood by the Fathers of the Church. These answers opened them to the sea of the fullness of Christian faith that is the Catholic Church. Scott began to attend Mass and, although he never received Holy Communion, conscious of St. Paul's warnings, he fell madly in love with the Eucharist. She began attending daily for two years before receiving the sacrament. 

At first he didn't know when to stand up or what was happening at the altar, but every time he came out, he had a deep sense of peace. He received his First Holy Communion in 2003, at the age of 32, and was so hungry for the Eucharist that he even bit the fingers of the bishop who gave it to him! 

What did the Catholic Church give you that the Pentecostal Church did not have?

Once in the Catholic Church, his horizons broadened, leading him to a true intimacy with God, to a holiness beyond his prejudices, happiness in spite of obstacles and joy through the cross. It gave his soul and mind a place to expand and grow. He soon discovered that the Catholic Church holds the answers to every question of the human condition, to every question in the hearts of Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and even atheists and the multitude of other Christians. woke. Through the Catholic Church, God has provided the answers to the loss of a family member, to the suffering in this world, to broken families, to wars, to floods, even to excessive wealth, to the alarming lack of culture... to every question that arises in the human soul.

The call to the priesthood

Prior to converting to Catholicism, Scott had never heard of the celibacy I did not even know that there were priests in the Pentecostal Church, of the possibility of a total surrender of oneself to God and to the Church. I didn't even know that priests existed, nuns and monks

After his conversion from the Pentecostal Church, he met priests and nuns who were completely dedicated to God and happy with their vocations. This intrigued him to such an extent that he began to study lives and teachings of saints. He learned that the design of love that the Holy Trinity has for each one of us implies an intimacy with Christ that embraces every moment of the day and fills our hearts with the love for which we were created. 

Your experience with sacraments was so profound that he wanted to be able to offer these same joys and graces to bring many souls to Christ, and in this way he felt his call to the priesthood. So he decided to move to France to enter the seminary in Toulon, the diocese where he was ordained. 

In the pro-life movement

While in Rome, where he studied for several years thanks to a scholarship from the CARF Foundation, still as a deacon, the Church entrusted him with a mission: to be the coordinating secretary for the Pontifical Academy for LifeHe has worked especially in the English- and French-speaking world. He held the position for six years. A few years that were key to developing his sense of the beauty of life from conception to natural death. The hundreds of scholars and committed souls fighting around the world for the protection and promotion of life led him to a new appreciation of the importance of pro-life laws, the provision of support for mothers in need, and the formation of consciences worldwide.

Return to the U.S.

With a training Scott returned to his home country, where he currently serves as judicial vicar of the Diocese of Orange. In addition, he is diocesan head of philanthropic causes, chaplain of a police department and holds several other positions that make him indispensable in this Californian diocese.

Universality of the Church

The universality and unity of the Catholic faith is unmatched by any institution on earth. As a Pentecostal convert it has been interesting to observe the various approaches to the faith and to discover, even within the formation of an international seminary, how Christianity, specifically from a Catholic perspective, has profound relevance to all cultures. Surprisingly, catholicism attracts all cultures and all linguistic groups. The universality of Catholic dogmas with unity around the Holy Father is a beautiful and necessary desire of Our Lord. 

Every country and culture brings its own unique and precious expression of the face of God in creation. Although it is impossible to generalize, there are particularities. As in France, where it is important to draw souls through their intellect. In the U.S., they want more a sense of belonging. AfricaThe Italian community, where he grew up, is lively, passionate and pious, while in Italy they are challenged to develop a rich historical and cultural context in a personal relationship with Our Lord.

"I love being a priest."

Shortly after his ordination, in a church in Paris, he was astonished at the fact that he was able to listen to confessions where perfect strangers, but with great trust in God and in the Catholic Church, came to receive the grace of absolution. This is the incredible story of God's mercy lived every day. Every experience of the anointing of the sick, every baptism, every funeral becomes an essential part of the human experience of the divine. God has provided nourishment for our souls in the Eucharist and this wonderful experience of his Crucifixion lived at every altar throughout the world is an expression of God's eternal love.

"I love being a priest, I can't imagine doing anything else. I love being a priest, I can't imagine doing anything else. Heart of Our Lord Jesus in this world for the redemption of souls is a divine gift.".

Scott Borgman, a convert from the Pentecostal Church, now a priest.

Priests must be turned into gentlemen, not bachelors.

As judicial vicar for the Diocese of Orange in California, he often has to deal with complicated issues in the life of the Church, such as dealing with victims of misconduct or defending priests who have been accused, while protecting the rights of all involved. For Scott, in cases involving priests, it is clear that there has often been a lack of training as early as seminar

Often, in seminaries and in the ongoing formation of priests, there is a lack of human formation. In most cases due to lack of resources, formators, etc. For Father Borgman, priests must be turned into gentlemen, not bachelors. To respond to this challenge, the seminar training It must be effective, ongoing, systematic, personalized and complete. Scott believes that one of the conditions for this divine gift of seminary formation to bear fruit is that the best priests of the diocese go out to be formed in the best places so that they can then become formators in their seminaries. Because the seminarists will become like those who form them. 

"Of course, the challenge of pride is behind every sin, and we are not immune to the secularization the modern world suffers from. The prayer is the main support system, because when a priest stops praying he puts himself in grave danger. Mother Teresa said that the main temptation for priests is not sensuality, but money. That is why growing in holiness is only possible with the virtue of detachment."