Manuel, 21, attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. He served as animator of the youth group and an altar server in his home parish of San José. He also assisted with various pastoral groups and ministries at Parroquia Santos Ángeles in Yabucoa as part of his formation as a diocesan seminarian. During his time in the diocesan seminary, Manuel had the opportunity to learn about the spirituality and the lives of Jesuits, which motivated him to further discern the call to the religious life in the Society. Last summer Manuel was an evangelist and catechist with Obras Misionales Pontificas in the Amazon region of Colombia. He also participated in the “Three Weeks a Jesuit” program in New Orleans. Manuel is a passionate chess player and also enjoys running and travel.