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Interview with Steven

Interview with Steven

Steven Lilly is a good friend of mine. He is studying for the archdiocese of Chicago and he is in my group, in first year theology. Something that I appreciate and admire about Steven is his strong desire to work for others, not only in missionary work, but also with the “Peace and Justice Gospel of Life” that is a group […]

Seeking Catholicism

Seeking Catholicism

Many of us have been Catholic all our lives. We don’t question our faith. But we also may not be able to articulate why we are Catholic. I wondered about why others choose to become Catholic, what do they see and appreciate that perhaps we miss. And so I asked a fellow seminarian, Michael Goodwin, […]

New School Year

New School Year

Something that characterizes the beginning of the new school year is the list of books that are necessary for classes. The books weigh heavy and can be very intimidating (many seminarians will even post photos of their school books to social media sites in exaggeration.) But I ask myself, “What is it that keeps me […]

Hope for the Homeless

Hope for the Homeless

This summer, I have many assignments.  One assignment is to work at the Vocation Office at the Diocese to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Another assignment is to work at the Opportunity Center, a shelter for homeless people here in El Paso. What do I do there? First and foremost, the experience […]

My summer at the Vocation Office

My summer at the Vocation Office

During this summer I have been assigned to help in promoting vocations in my diocese (El Paso Diocese). We have been planning different activities such as vocation retreats to help the youth to discern their own vocation. Another activity is to have the volleyball game between different parishes from the diocese. In order to promote […]

What do seminarians do?

What do seminarians do?

One of the programs that Mundelein Seminary offers for seminarians in second year of Pre-theology (a year before first theology) is called Mission Trip. This year there were three options: one of them was to go to Piura, Peru to a Church that is called Santisimo Sacramento: the second one was to go to Mission […]

Interview with Ross Epping

Interview with Ross Epping

This is the first a new series that will focus on people activities at the seminary that I attend. I know the power of the witness of the life of others. We are inspired by their actions and commitment and great love that make us want to be people of faith commitment and love. I hope […]

Cultural Diversity at the Seminary

Cultural Diversity at the Seminary

One of the recent exciting events at Mundelein Seminary was the Hispanic community’s first annual cookout. At this seminary, the Hispanic community is well organized and ready to engage the community at large. The Hispanic ministry organizes various events throughout the year in which we are able to demonstrate and share the best of our […]

Un periodo de transición

Un periodo de transición

Ya han pasado algunas semanas desde que finalicé mis cursos de Filosofía en el Colegio Mexico-Americano (MACC) en San Antonio, Texas. Ahora me encuentro en un periodo de transición hacia la Teología. Estoy en Omaha, Nebraska, en el programa para la formación sacerdotal; “Institute for Priestly formation” (IPF).  Esto ha sido un periodo privilegiado de […]

God continues talking to us

God continues talking to us

As we started this new Semester at the seminary, we have a lot of energy and expectations. It is part of our formation to begin with a week of retreat in order to be focused and cultivate our spiritual life. I want to share a reflection about the first conference that we had. It was […]