Fr. Paul Goo

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Hello, I am the Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and I am excited to join the CCO mission trip to New York City this summer along with four seminarians!

I was born into a Catholic family in South Korea and grew up Catholic in Vancouver, Canada. But shortly after Confirmation I fell away from faith and considered myself an agnostic while in university. But through the help of a devout Protestant girlfriend, I encountered the Lord in the Scripture and in prayer. Thus I began to attend a Protestant church.

A few years later, I regained my faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and came back to the Catholic Church while on a Marian pilgrimage along with my parents to Fatima, Lourdes, and Medjugorje. Mother Mary inspired me to enter seminary, and I have never looked back since!

Through my work as a priest with CCO missionaries and students, I have been impressed over and over again by the Spirit of God who is raising a new generation of missionary disciples for the Church in Canada and beyond. Last year, the Archdiocese of Vancouver launched a bold, diocesan missionary movement called Proclaim (weareproclaim.com), and it is no secret that several CCO alumni were instrumental to that. As the diocesan vocation director, I see a clear need for our seminarians to understand and internalize the missionary impulse that the Archdiocese and CCO now share.

That is the reason why I decided to apply for CCO missions. If I am not mistaken, this is the first time diocesan seminarians will go on CCO missions. It is my sincere hope that these future priests will go on to build missional communities wherever they are sent.

If they help out at least one agnostic university student along the way, it would all be worth it.

Fr. Paul Goo
Vocations and Seminarians Office
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