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Nicholas Marco Colalella
Home Parish: St. Margaret, Middle Village
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Seminary: Cathedral Seminary Residence, Douglaston
The guidance of my parish priests, in conjunction with my strong personal devotion to my Catholic faith, has helped me to discern a priestly vocation in the Diocese of Brooklyn. It is a privilege to be a seminarian, and I hope that whatever God has planned for me, that I may do it to the best of my ability and for His greater glory.
In discerning God’s call, I have always looked toward the guidance of my parish priests; whether at my home parish in Middle Village, or at my grandparents’ parish in Italy. Fr. Steven Aguggia and Fr. Joseph Wilson are two of the many priests who have given of their time to listen and talk to me.
I entered Cathedral Seminary Residence of the Immaculate Conception in September 2008; and I am attending St. John’s University. I feel it is a great honor to be able to experience and learn firsthand what it is like to be part of something so revered and so sacred. I graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan.
I am very interested in languages. At home I speak both English and Italian; I took four years of Latin and one year of Greek and Arabic in high school; and I also had studied Spanish and German while attending grammar school. The great diversity of heritages makes the Diocese of Brooklyn such a wonderful and unique place, which in turn, makes it a place full of great opportunities. I would like to be a priest in Brooklyn and Queens, because I feel I have a strong connection to and responsibility for the people of this great diocese.
For a man considering a vocation to the priesthood; I would say to him that it takes a bit of time to figure out what the next step, and finding out what one needs to do. I would advise him to think often about his feelings, talk regularly to priest about them, and pray to God to help to discern those feelings. Get involved in your parish, come to know your parish priests, they have much to share. Please know that many people are praying for you.