"At 14, I ran away from God. At 21, he found me again."

Although he turned away from God in his adolescence, the example of his parents and several of his friends led him to rethink his life and enter the Seminary.

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Fr. Cezar Luis Morbach is a priest of the Diocese of Novo Hamburgo, Brazil. He is studying for a doctorate in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome, thanks to a scholarship from CARF. At the age of 14 he began a life far from God, but the Lord found him again at the age of 21.

Cezar Luis Morbach is the fourth of five children. His family, very religious, worked in the fields and he helped them in the various agricultural activities. "I received from my parents the example of honesty, simplicity, but, above all, faith and love for God. My parents have always helped people in need".  

The example of his parents, along with the testimony of friends who entered the Minor Seminary of the Diocese of Santo Angelo, awakened in him the desire to have a seminary experience.

However, he postponed this decision and in 1999, at the age of 14, he left his parents' home to live with his sister and family in search of a better life.

"After 8 years of work and after having started university courses in mathematics, after a period of "escape" from God, He met me again, through a childhood friend, on the eve of his priestly ordination," he recounts.

He gave up his job, his university course, his plans to have a family, a girlfriend, friends... "I left everything to join the Propaedeutic Seminary, in the city of Novo Hamburgo". He was ordained on December 20, 2013.

"Ongoing formation is always urgent and necessary for the clergy and for the lay faithful. Although it is a necessity, not everyone seeks it, not even among the clergy. Therefore, once I have completed my doctoral course at Holy Cross, I will assist in the academic formation of the seminarians of the Diocese, the clergy, as well as in the pastoral and academic formation of the lay faithful, according to the new Pastoral Plan of the Diocese," he explains.

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