Garrett Guerrieri

Education Experience:
2006-2010: Cardinal Mooney High School
2010-2012: John Carroll University
2012-2014: Youngstown State University (B.A. in History and Italian Studies)
2014-2016: Youngstown State University (worked on Master’s Degree in History)

Work Experience: From 2007 until 2014, I worked at Caffè Capri, a locally owned Italian restaurant in Boardman, Ohio. 2014-2016, I worked at Youngstown State University as a Teaching Assistant in the Foreign Language Department while I was working on my Master’s Degree in History. I also tutored students in Italian and Latin.

Favorite Saint(s): Mary, Queen of the Rosary. St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort wrote that, “Now, Mary being the most conformed of all creatures to Jesus, it follows that of all devotions, that which consecrates and conforms the soul to Our Lord is devotion to His Holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to Mary the more the soul is consecrated to Jesus. Hence it comes to pass that the most perfect consecration to Jesus is nothing else but a perfect and entire consecration of ourselves to the Blessed Virgin. I also love Mary for her humility, her extraordinary love for God and for us, and for her absolute purity and innocence.

My second favorite saint is St. Michael the Archangel, because of his defense of the Lord when Lucifer challenged Him. He also had an unwavering love for God. He would not follow Lucifer and the angels rebelling against God. Rather, St. Michael led the battle in God’s defense. Those are characteristics of my faith I want to perfect. I particularly like that St. Michael and his legion of angels work to defend us from the devil and his legions of fallen angels. We should ask for his intercession daily.

Hobbies/Interests: I like to read, travel, and be outdoors. I really enjoy romance languages, particularly Italian and Latin. I am especially fond of reading or watching TV/listening to the radio in one of those languages. I exercise moderately. Occasionally I go out in nature to take pictures of creation.

Family Background: I am the oldest child and the only son of Tom and Marie Guerrieri. I have a sister, Alexis, who is four years younger than me. My father is a business consultant and my mother is a registered nurse.

My family has given me so many good things, especially spiritually.

What led you to consider the priesthood? I considered very seriously entering the seminary while attending Youngstown State University between 2014 and 2015. I was pondering entering the seminary a bit earlier, but those two years were when I really felt the call and decided to “go for it.” Besides some affirmations or suggestions from people and priests in the Diocese, I felt close to Christ in silence during certain parts of my external discernment, that is, external in the sense of my discernment before I entered the seminary, “outside” the walls of the seminary. For me, the more I came to know Jesus, Mary, and the Saints, the more I “fell in love” with God. I had a lot of time to reflect on Jesus’ infinite majesty, his sacrifice for us, and his unimaginable love for us. The more I came to know Jesus, gradually, the stronger the call to the priesthood became.

Favorite thing about Seminary Life: One of my favorite things is the fellowship and the proximity to my fellow seminarians. We all reside in the same building. There is a good balance between personal time alone but also time for community. I like that all the seminarians are here for one cause, Christ. It is great to hear other seminarians’ stories of their call to the seminary or about other past experiences in their lives. I notice how my story relates or differs from theirs. By hearing witnesses from other seminarians, we can build off each other and build each other up for the Kingdom.

Advice for guys considering Priesthood: Take it seriously. You only have one life with a limited amount of time to do God’s will. If you are feeling a consistent call or have a curiosity about the priesthood, contact the Vocations Office. Don’t be afraid. Investigate what priesthood is about and follow your gut. Do this after praying about entering the seminary, talking to your pastor or a priest to whom you have a good relationship and the Vocations Director about your thoughts, feelings, questions, and your story about why you were initially drawn to investigate the priesthood. Keep in mind that God is with you and He always loves you. If he is calling you to priesthood, you should feel honored. If you are feeling strongly called to the priesthood but never investigate it, keep in mind Christ’s saying: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:37-39). Do not be afraid. Pray. Ask God to give you the grace and strength to at least investigate the priesthood and the seminary. He loves you and wants to mold you into another Christ for your glory but more importantly, for His glory.

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