On November 29th 140 men came to Mundelein Seminary to the Who Will Fill These Shoes vocation event to see if God was calling them to the priesthood. In support of these men, 80 priests also attended. They heard from Cardinal George, Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein and many others about the priesthood and discerning a call whenever it comes. The Archdiocese has programs for High School men, College men and post college men. Their motto is “We’re Ready When You’re Ready.”
Matthew grew up and received his Sacraments at St. Marcelline Catholic Church. He now considers Queen of the Rosary as his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Ed Pelrine.
The best advice Matthew received while discerning was that clarity of your vocation will always follow forth from your relationship with Jesus. And so, when you have trouble finding clarity with your vocation, seek out Jesus and everything else will fall into place in due time. As a seminarian, Matthew would advise that, if you want to discern a vocation, you have to throw yourself totally into one vocation. You cannot discern two things simultaneously; throw yourself whole-heartedly – without hesitation and fear – into one vocation!
Matthew grew up and received his Sacraments at Our Lady of Victory, which he still considers his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Robert Fedek. He attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary for high school, where he began following his call to the priesthood.
The best advice Matthew received while discerning was to endure, persevere, and trust in God while suffering and thank Him when things are going well. As a seminarian, Matthew would advise anyone who is discerning: “When you feel the call, let it lead you. God might not be showing you the end, but He’s showing you the path to start on.”
Pawel grew up and received his Sacraments at St. Joseph Parish in Pisz, Poland. He now considers St. Francis Borgia in Chicago as his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Richard Milek.
The best advice Pawel received while discerning was, “You will learn life by hearing confessions.” As a seminarian, Pawel would advise anyone who is discerning to just try.
I will be at the NCYC in Indianapolis next weekend, November 21-23 with the Youth of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please pray for our safe travel and that the event will stir the hearts of the youth to discover the beauty of our faith and the love God has for them.
I will be saying Mass at St. Joseph on Sunday, November 17th at the 11am Family Mass. Come to Mass and have a chance to meet your Vocation Director. Say hello after Mass. St. Joseph is located at 1107 N. Orleans, Chicago, IL 60609.
I was a guest on Relevant Radio’s Catholic Community of Faith, hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz on Friday, November 15. We talked about the November 29th Vocation Event at Mundelein Seminary: Who Will Fill These Shores. Men in the Archdiocese of Chicago, ages 16 to 35, are invited to attend the event hosted by Cardinal George and Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary. Come learn more about the priesthood and how to discern God’s Call. Register: http://www.chicagopriest.com/ .
Listen to the radio show to here more about the event. Stream or download at: http://www.archchicago.org/radioTV/programs/CatholicCommunityOfFaith/
Andy grew up and received his Sacraments at St. Thomas of Villanova, which he still considers his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Thomas Rzepiela.
The best advice Andy received while discerning was, “No matter how long you keep putting your vocation off, Jesus will keep knocking at your door, asking you to give your life to Him.” As a seminarian, Andy would advise anyone who is discerning to trust in Jesus; everything He does has a purpose to it, whether we can understand it now or not, and it is worth a life experiencing
Victor grew up and received his Sacraments at Parroquia San Jeronimo, in Huandacareo, Michoacan, Mexico. He now considers St. Agnes of Bohemia in Chicago as his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Donald Nevins.
The best advice he received while discerning was to let God speak to you in your heart so that you may find true and authentic happiness in doing his will. As a seminarian, Victor would advise anyone who is discerning to let God talk to him in his heart and let Him unveil his mission/vocation. God might be calling you to be someone extraordinary as a priest.
Men in the Archdiocese of Chicago, ages 16-35 are invited to attend an exciting vocation event, Who Will Fill These Shoes, at Mundelein Seminary, hosted by Cardinal George and Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary. Come and learn more about the priesthood and how to discern God’s call. Register at:
Fr. Francis and Fr. Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, will talk about the exciting November 29th Vocation Event, Who Will Fill These Shoes. It is a great opprrtunity for priests to bring men who they feel might have a vocation to the priesthood to Mundelein to hear about discerning a vocation. Cardinal George and Fr. Barron are hosting the event along with the Vocation Office. Men age16 - 35 may register for te event at http://www.chicagopriest.com/who-will-fill-these-shoes
Top Row: Juan Luis Andrade, Connor Danstrom, Dan Folwaczny, Derek Ho, Matthew Jamesson, Isaac Lara. Bottom Row: Grzegorz Lorens, Francisco Luna, Jamie Mueller, Marek Smolka, Michael Wyrzykpwski, Bradley Zamora,
Please prayer for our Mundelein Seminarians who were ordained as Deacons, which is the last step before Priesthood.
Charlie grew up and received his Sacraments at Queen of Angels, which he still considers his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Jim Kaczorowski. Charlie went to Quigley for one year, then attended St. Patrick High School for three more years.
The best advice he received while discerning was from his pastor, who told him to go to a poor parish when he is a priest, because of the goodness and openness of the heart of the poor. As a seminarian, Charlie would advise those who are discerning to “fall in love with the Sweet Lord in the Eucharist, and do everything for Him, through His Mother.”
Dominic grew up, received his Sacraments and still considered St. Celestine his home Parish. His current pastor is Fr. Paul Cao. Dominic went to St. Patrick High School and began to answer the call to the priesthood at St. Joseph College Seminary.
The best advice he received while discerning was, It's not an easy lifestyle but it's a rewarding one in that you serve God's people not for your own ego but for Christ. -Fr. Larry Sullivan (Chicago Priest and Pastor of St. Christina Parish. As a seminarian, Dominic advises others to, Imagine yourself, in prayer, giving the sacraments in the role of the priest. If you can sit with the Holy Spirit and see yourself giving the sacraments to the people of God and feel a joy and excitement in your heart then that's a good sign.
Bradley grew up, received his Sacraments and still considered St. Barbara on Throop Street his home Parish. His current pastor is Fr. Artur Marat. Bradley listened to the call to the priesthood and went to Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary.
The best advice he received while discerning was, Stop looking for a "NO." A reason you should not be in the Seminary or discern a call. Rather, continue to embrace the "YES" that God has placed in your heart. As a seminarian, Bradley advises others to just let the Spirit wash over you. Realize that if you feel a calling to serve the Church as a priest, it is coming from God. Don't fight it, but go with it, because you really will be changed for the better.
The first half hour was on the INSEARCH Discernment Program. Fr. Mueller, the founder and director of the program, was my guest along with Fr. Kevin McCray and Seminarian Christian Shiu who both went through the program. We talked about why the program began, what the program entails and how it helped both Fr. McCray and Christian discern their calling to the priesthood.
The second half hour was with Fr. Barron talking about the event he is hosting at Mundelein Seminary on Friday, November 29th called "Who Will Fill These Shoes?" The goal is to invite men in Chicago between the ages of 16-35 to come up to Mundelein to learn more about the priesthood. The day goes from 10am until 2pm. It will begin with a presentation on the priesthood by Fr. Barron, followed by an opportunity to meet seminarians and hear their vocation stories. Next we will celebrate Mass with Cardinal George and end with lunch and tours of the campus. During the show we also talked about priests that inspired both of us and the need to invite young men to discern God's call.
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Derek Ho grew up and received his Sacraments at St. Theresa in Chinatown and at St. Theresa in Palatine. He currently considers St. Edna in Arlington Heights his home parish and Fr. Jerry Jacob is his pastor.
The best advice he received while discerning was, to become a priest is not primarily our choice; it is our answer to a calling, a calling of love. As a seminarian, Derek advice for others is to do God's will is ultimately the basic tenet of the Christian life. Therefore, don't give God advice. Rather let Him love you the way He wants to love you.
Join us at Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday evening, October 5th, for Nightfever, an evening of music, adoration, and reconciliation. The evening begins with Mass at 7:30 pm and concludes with Compline, or Night Prayer, at 11:30 pm. Adoration will take place from 9:00-11:30 pm, with live worship music, and priests will be available during this time for reconciliation and consultation.
Nightfever is an evening of adoration and outreach. It was started 6 years ago by a seminarian in the Archdiocese of Cologne, following World Youth Day. It spread like fire and is now present in over 30 cities in Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This is an evening organized by young people and for young people - though all ages are welcome to join in prayer!
For more information, visit www.nightfever.org
I will be saying Mass at St. Clement on Sunday, Sept. 8th. Come for Mass and a chance to meet your Vocation Director. Say hello after Mass. St. Clement is located at 642 West Deming Place, Chicago, IL 60614.