Priestly ordinations are June 19, 2021 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Deacon/Father Pollette has been assigned to St. Veronica Parish, South San Francisco after his ordination. (Courtesy picture)
June 3, 2021
Nicholas Wolfram Smith
Catholic San Francisco
Born and raised in San Francisco, Cameron Pollette first got interested within the Catholic Church via going to the town’s parishes as a baby. His household was not Catholic, however he and his mom typically visited church buildings from completely different denominations within the metropolis. On the Catholic parishes, his younger creativeness was captured by what he noticed there.
“We’d go inside and it was very mysterious, with these stunning statues and stained glass. Additionally studying the church’s patrimony of artwork and music actually captivated me and I fell in love,” he mentioned.
Pollette’s curiosity within the church grew all through center and highschool. His dad and mom have been supportive of their son’s journey: his father purchased him a catechism, and he started visiting the close by Star of the Sea Parish commonly. In his final undergraduate 12 months at College of California Davis, he entered the church. Alongside along with his conversion, he started to noticeably contemplate turning into a priest.
“I knew I wished to dedicate my life to God not directly and was on the lookout for one thing to do subsequent,” he mentioned.
At Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco, he served as a lector and extraordinary minister of holy Communion and joined the Legion of Mary. Via conversations along with his pastor there, Father Mark Mazza, he turned drawn to the concept of serving as a diocesan priest and determined to use to St. Patrick’s Seminary & College.
With ordination so shut, Pollette mentioned turning into a priest nonetheless evokes awe in him.
“Within the sense of understanding the greatness of the decision, who’s going to be worthy of that? However my confidence comes from realizing that I’m responding to a name. I’m not making an attempt to persuade God to simply accept me as a priest, he referred to as me,” he mentioned.
A wide range of devotions and non secular practices have been essential for Pollette throughout his discernment and seminary formation. The very first thing he talked about is that “devotion to the Blessed Sacrament has been completely central: simply to be there in silence and get the chance to interact in contemplative prayer.”
Different common components of his prayer life have been the liturgy of the hours and the rosary. Having a non secular director has additionally been essential in discerning what God was calling him to.
Pollette mentioned he seemed ahead to serving to with retreats and providing parish talks. As soon as he has extra pastoral expertise, he hopes to have the ability to function a non secular director as effectively. Different areas he feels referred to as to work in are evangelization and doing works of mercy.
He inspired younger folks to at all times take into account what God was calling them to do.
“We at all times take into consideration ‘what do I wish to do,’ “ he mentioned. “I encourage all younger folks to be open to ‘the place does God need me to be,’ and to have the braveness to say sure and abandon themselves to that decision.”