Manas Khurana

Seminarian on Internship

Become a Priest

I believe God is present, active and working powerfully in the Church today. I believe He is calling me to serve Him as a priest with the Companions of the Cross. I am in my 6th year of seminary formation. I am currently doing my pastoral internship at Holy Trinity Parish in Nova Scotia. I am blessed to be a member of this community and to be able to grow and serve alongside my brothers. Please consider supporting me in my journey. Thank you and God bless!

Where are you from?

I was born in New Delhi, India in a Hindu family. I moved to Mississauga, ON with my parents and younger sister in 2007. In 2013, after years of searching a purpose for my life, I decided to give my life to Christ. I was baptized in 2014 and entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2016.

When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
I remember desiring to be a counsellor/therapist, when I was young. In my teenage years, I wanted to be a punk rock star. Some other occupations I considered: Cricket batsman, Engineer and Math teacher.

What was your background before you joined the Companions of the Cross?
After I moved to Canada, I studied Geomatics Engineering and did my Masters in Earth and Space Science at York University. I worked as a researcher and a teacher before I started discerning priesthood.

What are your special interests?
In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, especially anime, and reading manga/comics. I am also a fan of professional wrestling.

Who, or what, inspires you?
I am inspired by radically joyful and compassionate people, who live out the truth that “God is love” (1 John 4:8) and that He is in control. My favourite saints are St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. Francis of Assissi and St. Peter.

What led you to join the Companions of the Cross? Could you briefly explain your vocation story?
Ever since I became a Christian I had a strong desire to spread the Gospel. My conversion was drastic and was spurred on by a certain dissatisfaction I experienced during my studies. Even though I was good at Engineering, and I enjoyed being a Mathematics Instructor, I really only felt fulfilled while ministering in the Church. While I was finishing my Master’s degree, I had a conversion to the Catholic faith. It was soon after, in Adoration, that I felt a calling to the priesthood. Through various experiences and prayer, I recognized that God wanted to fulfil the deepest desires of my heart through this vocation. However, I had to wait a couple years before I was able to join the Community. It’s been quite a journey since then. I am grateful to God for all that He has done so far and all that He has planned for my future.

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