Wallace is one of 67 men studying for the priesthood at St. John Seminary in Brighton, said the Rev. Daniel Hennessey, director of vocations for the archdiocese.
“This is a sign of great hope for the church and the archdiocese that so many men are considering God’s call, specially in this year of faith that the Pope instituted. I think that will be a sign of hope and increased faith for many.”
Hennessey, an Andover native said the majority of the seminarians are in their 20s and 30s.
The youngest seminarian is 18 and is studying in the college seminary; the oldest is over 60, who served as a deacon and joined the seminary after his wife died.
“These young men entering the seminary are very serious witnessing the truth of the Gospel,” Hennessey said.
“In general, they are good men who desire to be heralds of the gospel and instruments of God’s grace and they also are serious about being the agents of God’s reconciliation.”
Another local resident studying for the priesthood is Karlo Hocurscak, 38, of Haverhill.
A Connecticut native, Hocurscak has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnical Institute.
He moved to Haverhill while working at Koch Membrane Systems Inc. in Wilmington.
He was laid-off from Koch and worked for seven years at Infor Global Solutions in Southborough.
“I liked being an engineer, but after seven years, I felt there was something better for me in the priesthood,” he said.
A member of Sacred Hearts parish in Bradford, he was sitting in the back of the church one day when former pastor Robert Conole started talking to him and the conversation led Conole to ask him if he had ever considered the priesthood.
Hocurscak attended two discernment retreats, and after the second retreat decided to apply to the seminary.