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My name is Christian Siciliani I was born on February 25, 1999. I am originally from the south of Italy, from a city called Bari. I am the last of three brothers. My whole family is part of the Neocatechumenal Way, which is the environment in which I grew up. When I was a kid, I was shy and with a lot of insecurities. However, joining the Neocatechumenal Way at the age of 15, I started to be more extroverted, sociable with people, and more secure in myself. In the Way, I started to discern my vocation. At the age of sixteen, I felt for the first time God calling me. However, after a while, I became afraid of the future, and all my insecurities about my character and my body created in me deep sadness. The Neocatechumenal Way, and in particular the help of my community, helped me to get out of my sadness and my fears, and after some years I decided to trust in God once more and reconsider my calling to the priesthood. At the age of 20, it was offered to me to enter the seminary of Bridgeport, so I left my country, family, friends, and projects for the future and I came to Bridgeport to discover the will of God for my life. Coming to the seminary turned out to be the best choice of my life; here God gave me a happiness that I did not think could have existed.

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