Take 5 with Father Adam Verona

Father Adam Verona, with members of the Oakland Young Adults

 1.  How did God call you to the priesthood? 
People ask me this question often and my answer is always the same: I have wanted to be a priest for my whole life, ever since I can remember. From the time I was a little boy, I have been fascinated with the figure of Christ and Catholicism. I believe that priesthood is a higher calling from Christ to follow him in a particular way.

2. What is the most meaningful aspect of your ministry? 
The most meaningful part is the Eucharist, and in particular, the sacrifice of the Mass. It gives my whole life meaning. It’s the center of my life, on which everything else revolves. The highlight of my day is saying Mass.

3. What is the most challenging part of your ministry? 
It’s feeling my own limitations. Priesthood is such a high calling. You feel so privileged to act in the person of Christ. It’s very humbling. You become a conduit to spirituality for people, and celebrate the most important moments of their lives with them. It’s a challenge when I feel unworthy of taking on this task. But that’s when I turn to trust in Christ. I am not doing this work alone; he is working through me.

4. What do you wish people knew about the priesthood? 
I wish people knew how incredibly rewarding, satisfying, and fulfilling it is to be a priest. The priesthood is a life lived out in service to God’s people, but God is never outdone in generosity. As much as priests give, God gives more back. It may appear to be a countercultural life. Some people might not understand how such a life is fulfilling. I would advise a young man discerning the priesthood that there is no need to be afraid. God will always fulfill and satisfy your heart’s desire.

5. What is your hobby, or what do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a huge movie buff and a self-professed film geek. I enjoy analyzing films. My favorite film is Jurassic Park, but I enjoy films of all genres. I think that my love of film is rooted in my deep love of stories and of learning people’s stories, which I am blessed to do through the priesthood. I am also an avid runner. I run at least 30 miles a week.