Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Home Parish: St. Michael the Archangel
MANUEL “MANNY” MORA
Ever since I was a child, I had the desire to be a priest. While I felt an attraction to the priesthood, I also tried suppressing that attraction. As I grew up I thought of different ways to satisfy that attraction, which included serving at Mass, dancing in my parish’s matachines group and music ministry. I got into music when I was in high school thanks to the inspiration of my home parish’s music director, Valerie Stagaman. Singing and playing organ really fostered my vocation. I eventually said yes to God thanks to another close friend and music director of the seminary, Dr. Hamilton, in whom I saw God’s calling for me.
Favorite Quote or Bible Verse
“Kindness is like a boomerang, always returns.” – Unknown
I went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land over the summer!