Juan Pablo Santos Rodriguez

Before he was accepted as a member of Glenmary's 2010 formation class, Juan Pablo Santos Rodriguez, 30, of Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, had been in contact with Glenmary for more than six months. After completing the formation orientation program with fellow class members, he first began pursuing his philosophy studies that fall at Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa. He is preparing for Glenmary priesthood.

During the summer of 2012, he lived and worked as a member of the pastoral team at Glenmary's Windsor, N.C., mission.

As just one example of the way a student reaches his vocational choice, Juan Pablo explained the winding road that led him to serve God with Glenmary. He studied at the seminary in San Juan de los Lagos in his native Mexico from 2002 to 2004. Then from 2006 to 2008 he spent time in the seminary at the Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, studying for the Diocese of Brownsville, Tex. That is where he learned about Glenmary—but he was asked to wait a year before applying. This waiting period allowed him to really pray about and research his decision.

Juan Pablo learned much about Glenmary in the orientation process. And the stages of aspirancy and candidacy will give him ample opportunity to continue discerning whether he is a good fit.

Having been in formation before, Juan Pablo has an idea of what to expect, yet he recognizes the differences between the places he has been. Each group has a distinct mission and charism.

He comes from a family that knows religious life, with siblings who have pursued religious vocations. Three of his sisters are nuns—one a missionary in Japan.

What he looks forward to most about working with Glenmary is having the chance to "plant seeds" of comfort, harmony, hope and care, as it says in the society's Prayer to Our Lady of the Fields.