William Mancao

Age: 27

Parish: Blessed Sacrament Parish, Vancouver

Year: Theology II

Why am I studying to become a priest? I want to become a priest out of gratitude to God’s unconditional love for me despite my unfaithfulness, weaknesses, and sins. I chose to do my will, but I was not completely happy. I put aside the call to the priesthood for a long time. What strikes me is that I still had the calling even after university and working. He waited for me. After saying, “Yes,” I have never been happier in my life.

Favourite food: Spaghetti

Favourite sport: Table tennis

Favourite movie: Spider-Man (2002)

Favourite book: “The Story of a Soul” by St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Favourite hobby/extracurricular activity before you became a seminarian: Watching anime and reading manga (Japanese cartoons and comics, respectively)

If you could be one superhero, who would you be, and why? Spider-Man, because he believes in the principle, “With great power comes great responsibility.” To become a priest is also a great “power” or grace from God and it carries a great responsibility to save the souls, like Spider-Man saving those in need.

Favourite quote: “Lord, You search me and You know me… But where shall I go far from Your Spirit? Where from Your face shall I flee?” – Psalm 139:1, 7