House of Formation / Discernment for Hispanic young men interested in the diocesan priesthood. Casa Jesus helps prepare the aspirants to enter the seminary by creating a prayerful community in which to live. During the one year program, aspirants study English at University of Illinois at Chicago, do community service and serve in pastoral functions at various churches in the Chicago area.
The program also provides opportunities to engage in spiritual direction and personally develop through a program of priestly formation. When the year comes to an end, each participant decides whether or not to apply to the seminary where he would begin the study program that would lead to the priesthood. He must be recommended by the program director for acceptance to the seminary, based on his potential as a priest in the Chicago diocesan system.
Fr. Timothy Monahan