Michael Horianopoulos

Seminarian in Theology

Become a Priest

I hate to see the Church dying. Young people leaving, way fewer priests, and churches closing or barely being maintained. Have you felt this ache in your heart over the Church or loved ones who don’t know God loves them?

It doesn’t have to be this way!

My dream is to be a priest along with my brother Companions, working with all of God’s people to build a flourishing Church! Together we can make Jesus known and loved, have beautiful spaces to celebrate joyfully, draw young people back to a secure loving relationship with their Father in heaven – a loving relationship I hope to echo with my priesthood.

I can’t do this alone. I need prayers and financial support to continue studying and being trained for the priesthood next year. The mission is clear – building a flourishing Church for God’s people, the question: are you in? Please prayerfully consider taking part of this mission to renew the Church and support my priestly vocation through much needed prayer and monetary aid. Thank you for asking the Holy Spirit about this issue in prayer, and God bless you.

Where are you from?    
Kitimat, British Columbia

When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up? 
A teacher. God let me get there, then promptly called me to something else!

What was your background before you joined the Companions of the Cross? 
I studied biology, then education. I became a grade 2 teacher at Sacred Heart School, Prince George, BC.

What are your special interests? 
I like fishing, making chaplets, and baking!

Who, or what, inspires you? 
Most frequently, its the witness of other Catholics! Seeing their devotion pushes me to more prayer and through struggles I face.

What led you to join the Companions of the Cross? Could you briefly explain your vocations story? 
I grew up Catholic and was always a Sunday Mass attendee. Like many, I balked at the idea of being a priest for many years when people would suggest it. I thought, “I want a family!” Towards the end of my time at university some new young adult faith studies and monthly adoration of the blessed sacrament started in our community. I came into a personal relationship with Jesus and became eager to attend retreats and spend time in prayer, reading the bible and going to daily Mass.

“I was at a retreat during my first year of teaching when I first felt a call from God to the priesthood. I was pretty shocked.” 

I went to vocations retreats, talked to the local vocations director, and talked with a few seminarians, including a few from the Companions. After a year of formation and discernment at St. Therese School of Faith and Mission I felt that God was calling me to the Companions of the Cross.

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