Peoria Vocations

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Catholic Diocese of Peoria : Office of Priestly Vocations
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Anthony Willi

Birth Date

November 28

Parish Location

St. Jude, Peoria

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2023, Class of 2029

Studying at
St. Mary of the Lake

Why did you become a seminarian?

I first felt the call to the priesthood during my senior year at Peoria Notre Dame High School. Like many other who have felt the same call, I was afraid and refused to do anything with the desire that the Lord put on my heart. As a result, throughout college I was torn between my own desires and those of God. Upon graduating, I had accomplished my own goals: succeeding academically,  having a good group of friends, and getting a good job. However, I felt something missing; I was not satisfied with life and I knew that I was not living my faith as I should. I started to devote myself to prayer, mass, and spiritual reading and the tug of my soul to the priesthood was stronger than ever. After I started my full-time job, I remember thinking, “If I truly believe what I profess, then why am I trying to run away from this call  that God placed on my soul years ago and has never left?” From that moment on, I knew that I needed to respond to the call by entering seminary, and God-willing becoming His priest.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I graduated from the University of Illinois and was a design engineer for Large Track-Type Tractors at Caterpillar.

An interesting fact about you:

I can juggle and unicycle at the same time!

Peoria Vocations

Peoria Vocations