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What do you do after you’ve become an acclaimed neuroscientist at Yale? How about join the priesthood?

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 03/03/17

From The Washington Post:

Even as he sought the truth day in and day out, peering into mice brains in the lab to figure out the mysteries of addiction and depression, Jaime Maldonado-Aviles was filled with uncertainty. Was this what he should be doing with his life? As he excelled in school, earned a post-doctoral position at Yale, and won prestigious fellowships, Maldonado-Aviles wondered: Is this what God wants from me? Eventually, the calling he felt from God became too powerful to ignore. The promising neuroscientist left the Ivy League research laboratory — and entered seminary at Catholic University of America in Northeast D.C. to become a priest. “This constant intuition — I almost want to say nagging — that maybe I was called to serve in a different way… it was always frequent,” he said. “At different times the question would come back: If I see myself 90 years old, close to death, would I say to myself, ‘I should have entered seminary’?” He entered. And now, within the church, he hopes to help Catholics understand scientists, and scientists understand Catholics.

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Photo: Linda Davidson / Washington Post

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