Fr Michael Arro is the third priest to be featured in a series of vocation booklets published and distributed by the CatholicNews.
In his inimitable way, he responded candidly to a range of questions posed by the CatholicNews. Among other things, he spoke about his days as a professor at the Penang College General while Vatican Council II was taking place in Rome, his occupation had he not become a priest, and the qualities priests today must cultivate.
Saying he felt “unjustly done by” to be called to teach in Latin when he had just finished learning Mandarin after two years, he nevertheless found his teaching years very fruitful, especially since the Vatican Council was taking place during that time.
Fr Arro recalled, “We were a group of young professors – six of us in our early 30s – and we were really enthusiastic about the Council. It was a renewal for all of us.”
The Paris Foreign Missions Society (MEP) priest added that his years at the seminary in Penang, while Vatican II was going on, allowed him to be able to speak of the Council and be inspired by it up to the present.
On the career he would have chosen had he not become a missionary priest, he said “I think I would have enjoyed being a farmer. I like animals very much.”
How about the qualities priests should cultivate? Find out for yourself in the vocation booklet being sold with this issue of CatholicNews.