Antonio Marchi, age 30, grew up in Villa Mercedes, Argentina, and moved with his family to the United States and Lexington, Ky., in 2000. He entered Glenmary formation in January 2015 and is currently pursuing brotherhood.
Antonio completed his first semester of studies at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., in May 2016—majoring in pastoral ministry and theology while living in community with fellow Glenmary students at the Glenmary House of Studies in St. Meinrad, Ind. (The others are priesthood candidates attending St. Meinrad Seminary.)
Reflecting on his academic progress at Brescia and his progress as a Glenmary student, he says that “my studies and activities are going well, and I continue to learn more about Glenmary. God and the Spirit have been guiding me because I stay close to them through personal and communal prayer. I also continue to help others and live a good and happy life. I am looking forward to the future.”
From May to mid-July 2016, he is on a mission placement at Holy Family mission in Lafayette, Tenn., in order to experience and learn more about daily life and ministry in a Glenmary mission and mission county. He will return to Brescia for the fall semester to continue his studies.
As a boy in Argentina, he says, “My dad taught me the guardian angel prayer. He told me to pray in the morning and at night. I still say that prayer every day. And I grew up going to Mass with my grandparents.” He believes that “listening to and living what some priests say in their homilies can help us to become holy.” For example, he remembers a priest once remarking that people do not say three important phrases enough in their lives: “Thank you,” “I’m sorry,” and “Please.”
Antonio attended Berea (Ky.) College in Berea, Ky., from 2006 to 2010, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health while also participating as a member of the school’s cross country team. And he went on to receive a master’s degree in the same major from Morehead (Ky.) University in 2013.
From 2010 to 2014, he worked as a part-time physical education teacher and substitute teacher, as well as an assistant cross country coach. “I liked teaching sports and exercises because they help kids to live happy lives.”
In the summer during college, he worked in recycling, landscaping, gardening and selling at a farmers’ market. “It felt good performing these jobs, and I was also able to benefit the environment in these ways,” said Antonio.
Volunteer activities in which he has been involved include Habitat for Humanity, International Book Project, and Seedleaf (dedicated to growing, cooking, sharing and recycling food). “I enjoyed these activities, which required physical work and allowed me to help other people.”
He has also has participated in Bible studies and has been a lector at Spanish Mass. ”Through these activities and more, I and other people learned and understood more about God."
Antonio first considered a religious vocation when he was attending Berea College. Then in 2012, he contacted Glenmary after reading about the missionary group. Father Vic Subb responded by phone and they subsequently met and talked. Antonio learned more about Glenmary's mission and ministry from Father Vic, and the priest impressed him as a very good man.
At Father Vic's suggestion, Antonio decided to participate in a "Come & See" mission trip for Glenmary discerners and then spent a week at Glenmary headquarters. “I liked their lifestyle and their ministry, and I found the members to be very nice and friendly. Also, at the missions I visited, I helped and made friends with a lot of people. Based on my experiences, I later decided I would like to be part of Glenmary, and they accepted me as a student.”