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Jonathan Swoik

Birth Date

May 14, 1998

Parish Location

St. Joseph, Pekin

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2017, Class of 2025

Studying at
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, MN

Why did you become a seminarian?

My interest in the priesthood really took off when I began altar serving in 5th grade. Through this opportunity I was able to grow in my relationship with God, but also practically be involved in the Mass and gain a deeper understanding of who the priest is and what he does. Ever since, I have had a deeper desire to follow Him. With going on mission trips, being active in my youth group, and viewing my Confirmation as the next step in serving God in my life; I have come to see the will of God for my life, which I believe is to serve Him as His Priest.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I attended Illinois Central College for one year and worked at a local furniture store.

An interesting fact about you

I have never broken any of the bones in my body.

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