.- At the age of 25, Nicolas Fernandez had all of the qualities needed to be a great policeman and his future in the force looked promising. However, during his daily work he discovered he needed different weapons to help the “troubled souls” he encountered, so he decided to become a priest.
Born on Staten Island of an Irish mother and a Spanish father, Fernandez has begun his six year-long formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. He had been serving as a police officer for two years when, inspired by the teachings of John Paul II and the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to New York, he decided to change careers and become a priest.
I wonder what in particular about Pope Benedict`s visit inspired this seminarian? I know from attending two public audiences with the Pope when I had the chance to go to Rome that B16 exudes holiness and it is overwhelming to be in his presence. I wonder if Mr Fernandez had the same kind of experience and that was the last push he needed?