It’s a long way from Trinidad Tobago to Vancouver to Rome and to the Regina Archdiocese but that’s the route taken by Ricardo Escalante on his journey to the priesthood and he’s not quite there yet. Archbishop Daniel Bohan on May 8, the last day of the Priest’s retreat at St. Michael’s Retreat, Lumsden instituted Escalante as Lector and Acolyte, the first two steps on the road to ordination.
In an interview with the PM Escalante said he knew in his late teens that he wanted to serve the Church but he wasn’t sure in what capacity until his early 20s when he decided being a priest is how he wanted to serve. Prior to that however, he became a lawyer and served in that profession for about 10 years. “I needed to pay the bills,” he said, “and law was a good place for that.” He practiced for a short time in Trinidad Tobago then became a legal aid with a firm in Vancouver where he had family.
He decided on the priesthood and entered the seminary in Vancouver but wanted to...Read More