Peoria Vocations

Everyone is called to something. What's your calling?

Catholic Diocese of Peoria : Office of Priestly Vocations
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Peter Schoonmaker

Birth Date February 3 Parish Location St. Mary, Rock Island Year entered the Seminary/Class of Entered in 2021, Class of 2029 Studying at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona MN Why did you become a seminarian? The thought of being a priest had been on my mind since I was little, but it wasn’t until […]

Second Career

Not everyone accepts — or even understands — their vocation as a young adult. God doesn’t necessarily call when it’s most convenient for us, so it’s important to be mindful even later in life. Perhaps you attended college, graduated, and went on to have a successful career in the field you studied. And yet, in […]


God does not always make His will obvious before high school graduation. College students might feel a continuation of a call they felt earlier in their lives, and other times it can be a sudden realization. It is a tug on the heart that just won’t go away. Many college students have had this experience. […]

High School

At no other time will you have to think so seriously about what you want to do with your life. Dozens of options will present themselves to you in the coming years. Colleges, career paths, technical schools, military life… it can be difficult at times to break through the sheer volume of noise. Friends and […]

Junior High

While it may seem like it’s a long way off now, it’s never too early to start thinking about what God has called you to do. Many priests say they first felt drawn to the priesthood when they were your age. He calls to us all in different ways, and He calls us all to […]

Peoria Vocations

Peoria Vocations