Seminarians

"By promoting discernment as an ordinary and necessary part of every disciple's life, we will create a rich atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move hearts."
- Bishop James F. Checchio, Lighting a fire in the heart of our world

In the Diocese of Metuchen, our seminarians are men, both young and young-at-heart, who come from a great variety of backgrounds. Some are 'native' to our diocese; others come to us from places like Colombia. Their interests and personalities vary and, yet, all of them have great faith -- a faith that has led them to answer God's call to service in the Church.

Do you think you are called to be a priest or religious?

Contact Fr. Mauricio Tabera-Vasquez, Director of Vocations, at: vocations@diometuchen.org or (732) 562-2453.

Please continue to pray for our seminarians, who study at a number of different seminaries, that each of them will one day be of service to the Church of Metuchen. They are:

Rev. Mr. Michael Tabernero – IV Theology
St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
Rev. Mr. Joseph Illes – IV Theology
St. Mary Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD
Rev. Mr. Matthew Marinelli – IV Theology
St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
Mr. David Keyes – IV Theology
Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Thomas Lanza – III Theology
St. Mary Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD
Gustavo Rodriguez – III Theology  
St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
Andrew Prickel – III Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
Gilbert Starcher – III Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
Timothy Eck – II Theology
Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State
Gregory Zannetti – II Theology
Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State
Jun Joseph Alquiros – II Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
Ariel Bautista  - II Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
Ronal Vega-Pastrana – I Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
Jose Lim – Pre Theology II
Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
Ngu Quoc Tran – ESL  Pre-Theology II
St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
Michael Wood – Pre Theology II
Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
Jordan Drevelus – II College
St. Andrew’s College Seminary, South Orange, NJ
Ai Van Phan – ESL Studies
PALS / Rutgers, Highland Park, NJ
Ban Thien Ho – ESL Studies
PALS / Rutgers, Highland Park, N
  • Rev. Mr. Matthew Marinelli 
    Theology IV, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
  • Rev. Mr. Michael Tabernero 
    Theology IV, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
  • Rev. Mr. Joseph Illes 
    Theology IV, St. Mary Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD
  • David Keyes 
    Theology IV, Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
  • Gustavo Rodriguez 
    Theology III, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
  • Gilbert Starcher 
    Theology III, Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
  • Thomas Lanza 
    Theology III, St. Mary Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD
  • Andrew Prickel
    Theology III, Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
  • Jun Joseph Alquiros 
    Theology II, Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
  • Ariel Bautista  
    Theology II, Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
  • Timothy Eck II
    Theology II, Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State
  • Gregory Zannetti 
    Theology II, Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State
  • Ronal Vega-Pastrana 
    Theology I, Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
  • Jose Lim 
    Pre-Theology II, Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
  • Ngu Quoc "Peter" Tran 
    ESL  Pre-Theology II, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
  • Michael Wood 
    Pre-Theology II, Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
  • Ban Thien "Joseph" Ho 
    Pre-Theology I, House of Discernment/ESL Studies, Rutgers, Highland Park, NJ
  • Ai Van "Peter" Phan 
    Pre-Theology I, House of Discernment/ESL Studies, Rutgers, Highland Park, NJ
  • Jordan Drevelus 
    II College, St. Andrew’s College Seminary, South Orange, NJ