Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Home Parish: Christ the Good Shepherd

Brandon Riojas

My call to the priesthood started in my junior year of high school.  I was invited to the St. Andrew Dinner at Saint Mary’s Seminary in Houston in which they talked about the vocation to priesthood.  This was something very foreign to me as I had just gotten into my faith the year before.  This was the spark of my discernment and growth in deeper knowledge of the priesthood.  Since then, I started to receive signs through dreams, people, retreats and experiences that somehow connected to the priesthood.  Then by the grace of God, I applied to seminary in my senior year.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the ‘present.’” – Bill Keane

Fun Fact

I cried when I found out I was Mexican.  (I was 9 years old.)