Peoria Vocations

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Catholic Diocese of Peoria : Office of Priestly Vocations
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Justin Ramza

Birth Date May 19 Parish Location St. John the Baptist, Rapids City Year entered the Seminary/Class of Entered in 2022, Class of 2024 Studying at Mundelein Seminary Why did you become a seminarian? I heard the call to be a priest over 30 years ago. I went to seminary, but eventually left before being ordained, […]

Jarod Raber

Birth Date February 26 Parish Location Christ the King, Moline Year entered the Seminary/Class of Entered in 2022, Class of 2028 Studying at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary Why did you become a seminarian? As I look back on my life, I can see that God has been drawing me to Himself, as he does […]

John Assaf

Birth Date June 20 Parish Location St. Pius X, Rock Island Year entered the Seminary/Class of Entered in 2022, Class of 2030Studying atImmaculate Heart of Mary Why did you become a seminarian? I started high school with many doubts about the Catholic faith. During my freshman year, I had an encounter with Jesus in the […]

Isaac Sanders

Birth Date January 15 Parish Location Epiphany, Normal 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? Throughout my life, I experienced passing thoughts where I wondered if I was being called to the priesthood. I largely […]

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 […]

Jonathan Puckett

Birth Date December 28 Parish Location St. Matthew, Champaign Year entered the Seminary/Class of Entered in 2021, Class of 2027 Studying at Mundelein Seminary Why did you become a seminarian? After several years of discernment, I believe that God is calling me to be His Priest. I first felt called to the priesthood following my […]

Andrew Bilgri

Birth Date June 5 Parish Location Immaculate Conception, Monmouth & St. John Paul II Newman Center @ ISU Year entered the Seminary/Class of Entered in 2021, Class of 2027 Studying at Mundelein Seminary Why did you become a seminarian? Towards the end of high school I had a reversion back to my faith, which sparked […]

Thomas Williams

Birth Date March 21 Parish Location St. Aloysius, Wataga Year entered the Seminary/Class of Entered in 2020, Class of 2028 Studying at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, MN Why did you become a seminarian? I first felt the draw to the priesthood in second grade. Growing up in a Catholic grade school, I was […]

Peoria Vocations

Peoria Vocations