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Father Carlos Vega – Over 25 years of service

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Father Carlos E. Vega Father Vega was ordained May 27, 1989 and named parochial vicar at St. Anthony, Fort Lauderdale. He served as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception, Hialeah, from October 1990 to May 1991, when he was named parochial vicar at St. James in North Miami. He returned to Immaculate in October 1991 and served as parochial vicar until June 1996, when he was named parochial vicar at St. Mary Cathedral. In June 1999, he became parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima, Miami Shores, and remained there until his appointment, in July 2001, as administrator of St. Martin de Porres in Leisure City. He was named pastor in May 2002 and remained there until October 2010, when he was named to his current position as pastor of St. Bernard in Sunrise. Father Vega also has served as associate director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship and a member of the Advisory Commission on Worship and Spiritual Life.

Article from The Archdiocese of Miami: http://www.miamiarch.org/ip.asp?op=Article_1182217201119

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Father Carlos Vega is shown here visiting Madrid during a trip to Spain in July 2010. While he was there, the Spanish national soccer team won the World Cup.

 

Some Facts about Father Vega:

When he knew he wanted to be a priest:

“I have a vivid memory of being in second grade and telling my mother that I wanted to be a priest. It was a feeling that never left me. When I was 16 years old I went on my first youth retreat/ encounter. That did it for me; it propelled me to follow my vocation.”

Person or event that triggered his vocation:

“My mom. … She was a servant to others; she was always charitable and kind. She was a great example to me and my five siblings. She always took us to church, fed the hungry, donated her time and money to those in need and never said no. She was always willing to help.”

Person most surprised by his vocation:

“My friends. In high school I was a very good student (4.0 GPA) and they thought I was going to be an architect or an engineer. When I told them I wanted to become a priest and I was going to enter the seminary, they didn’t understand why I would leave everything to become a priest.”

What the seminary did not prepare him for:

“I think I was in the seminary during a great time. We had wonderful world-renowned theologians come and speak to us. I learned so much. If I have to say something I would say the administration — how to run a parish. I have had to learn that on my own through time and by experience.”

‘I like to be around people, to talk and to share with others.’

What he would be doing if he had not become a priest:

“I would have been a math teacher. I enjoyed and was very good at calculus and algebra.”

The most difficult aspect of being a priest:

“Having had to live by myself. When I was a parochial vicar at a parish, I lived with other priests and it was nice to have someone to speak with, eat dinner with or just watch TV with. As a pastor I have had to live twice by myself.”

His description of the ideal priest:

“He would be humble, compassionate and would show people how Christ lived through his actions.”

What he does on his day off:

“Sleep in! I like to visit other priests, friends. Go out to eat, watch a movie or go for a walk in the mall.”