As part of our series of posts to start the new college year, one of the new Oscott seminarians, Ambrose Chou, shares his inspiring story thus far to entering seminary.
Hi, my name is Ambrose and I am 22 years old and I’m from Southampton. A few months ago, I came back from my propaedeutic year in Valladolid, Spain.
I grew up in a Catholic family with both parents practising Catholics and a very devout grandmother. We always attended Mass at weekends as a family and I started altar serving after making my First Holy Communion. When I was younger I did think about being a priest; at a young age I knew that there was something really special about that small piece of bread. I soon realised that this piece of bread was Jesus, Jesus was truly there in front of me in the Eucharist, loving me and I didn’t even have to do anything.
During my first year at college I found out about discernment days and groups through a seminarian who was on a placement at my parish at that time and I decided to accept his invitation to go along, this is where I found that there were young men like myself who felt the same way and had the same questions. The seminarian on placement also invited me to be an extraordinary minister and through this I grew to experience more the amazing and powerful greatness of the Eucharist. After college, I went on to University where I studied Criminology, I still went to Mass and joined CathSoc and went to our local youth group and summer camp and even had the opportunity to go to World Youth Day Krakow 2016 with the diocese and I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to experience the greatness of God’s love in the Church.
During my final year at university I still felt this calling to discern my vocation to the sacred priesthood, and so I applied to begin formation to the priesthood and was accepted and was sent to Spain for a propaedeutic year. I’m now back in England and in my first year at Oscott seminary continuing on my journey following and discerning the calling to the sacred priesthood with amazing people.