Ezekiel Banla

2nd Theology
St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD
(Co-sponsored with Diocese of Kumbo)



I grew up with my grandmother knowing that she was my direct biological mother. She always told me about God and the story of creation.

My vocation story started when I was between the ages 7-9 years old, after I watched the movie The Passion of the Christ. So touched by Jesus. I told my grandmother that I will become another Jesus. My childhood understanding of this statement was that I was to become the real Jesus himself. Unfortunately for me, she told I cannot become Jesus. I didn’t understand her, but I kept thinking of how I can identify myself with Jesus who suffered terribly for me as the movie presented. One day at a Sunday Mass I heard the priest talking about Jesus. Then I decided that this is the kind of person I want to become. I shared my new decision with my grandmother, and she consented. This is what I told everyone who asked me what I would like to become in the future, including my teachers at school.

Fun Facts: 
Hobbies: I love music and soccer games.
Favorite food: Corn fufu and Huckleberry, Rice among others.
Favorite saints: St. Anthony of Padua, Joseph Calasanz, John Paul II, Thérèse of the Child Jesus, St. Joseph the worker. among others.
Favorite authors: Thomas Merton, Hans Jonas, Thomas Aquinas, John Finnis, among others.

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