Putting On The New Man: Juan Mendez and Michael Vedros Profiles of New NDS Seminarians

By: Jason Songe, Seminarian. Archdiocese of New Orleans

Putting On The New Man is a series of the NDS Blog that will introduce the new faces you see in the seminary.



Hello my name is Juan Mendez. I am a seminarian for the diocese of Dallas. I will start 1st Theology and two of my favorite saints are St. Paul and St. Jude. One of my favorite movies is Pans Labyrinth. One of my favorite scripture passages is from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I want to be a priest because the Lord has called me. Becoming a priest will be amazing, bringing God to the people, helping them out spiritually and I will get to do what Jesus did during his public ministry. I just finished reading Virginity by Fr. Cantalamessa and Wellspring of Worship by Jean Corbon. Being in seminary has been one of the most amazing things that has happened to me. My vocation story in seven words or less would be; I was lost and Jesus found me. I like listening to music and working out. I enjoy social gatherings and when given the chance I like to travel.



My name is Michael Vedros, and I am studying as PT1 for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. My home parish is Our Lady of the Lake (Mandeville, LA). Two of your favorite saints are Venerable Fulton Sheen and St. Benedict. My favorite movie is Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. My favorite quote or Scripture verse is 2 Cor 5:13: “For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are rational, it is for you.” I feel God has called me to be a priest. One of my favorite spiritual books is The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. My call to seminary is the most interesting thing that has ever happened to me. My vocation story in seven words or less: God called, took three years to answer. My favorite hobbies and interests are dancing, hiking, and theology.


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About the Author: Jason Songe, Seminarian. Archdiocese of New Orleans

Jason is a seminarian in First Theology.


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