My name is Thomas Christian Cruz; I was born on September 14, 1999. I grew up in New London, Connecticut. I come from a family of nine; I am the fifth of seven siblings, six boys, one girl. My parents are both from El Salvador. I arrived at the Seminary on March 19, 2017, and I am currently studying Philosophy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. My Neocatechumenal community is like a second family to me: they accompany me on this journey of faith, and they help me to mature spiritually. In my free time, I like to cut hair, play basketball, and play guitar. I am grateful to God for bringing me to the Seminary at such a young age. I am also thankful for being close to home, and to the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way and my catechists for their guidance. And because of the prayers and support of my family and communities, the Lord gives me the grace to continue my formation in the Seminary.