Diocese of Austin

Class: Pre-Theology I

Diocese: Austin

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Home Parish: St. Mary’s Catholic Center, College Station

MICHAEL LUIS VINCENT REYES TORREGOSA

When I was 12, my uncle got sick with cancer.  I witnessed a parish priest minister to my uncle until his passing.  It was that experience that first drew me to the priesthood.  I ignored this call until I arrived at Texas A&M University.  I felt unfulfilled by my studies, so I decided to embrace my love of the Church.  God invited me to spend a summer of mission in Guatemala and Oklahoma.  In those places, I learned about an Oklahoma priest, Blessed Stanley Rother, martyred for his love for the Guatemalan people.  Afterwards, I applied to become a seminarian, inspired to become a saint like Blessed Stanley Rother and to serve God’s church as His priest.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

“Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you’.” – John 21:17

Fun Fact

My Aggie ring is a 3rd class relic of Blessed Stanley Rother.