Birthday: July 30th
Home Parish: St. Mary Cathedral
Level of Formation: Pastoral year
Seminary: St. Mary's Seminary, Houston
Pastoral Year Assignment: St. Joseph Parish, Killeen
My name is Miguel Flores and I am a seminarian studying for the Diocese of Austin. I am in my 3rd year of theology studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston.
I was born in Puerto Rico and was raised as an ‘Army brat’, growing up in the states and overseas. I am the second oldest of three boys. Prior to entering the seminary, I studied theology for three years at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia before enlisting in the U.S. Army shortly after the attacks of September 11. I served for 8.5 years in the U.S. Army, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan. I left the U.S. Army in 2010 and resumed my studies in theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, graduating in 2012 with a BA in Theology.
Bishop Vásquez is allowing me to participate in the Co-Sponsorship Seminary Program for the Archdiocese for the Military Services with the intention of allowing me to eventually return to the U.S. Army as a Catholic Army Chaplain. I am currently a Chaplain Candidate in the Army Reserves. I first started thinking about the priesthood while growing up at the different military bases and seeing the Catholic priests who were Army Chaplains serve the soldiers and their families.
My favorite saints are St. Joseph, St. Michael, St. Bruno, St. Padre Pio and St. John Vianney. My home parish is St. Mary Cathedral and I look forward to the day when I can celebrate Mass and hear Confessions.