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Ignacio Cardenas Moran

Birth Date

April 9, 1993

Parish Location

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2019, Class of 2022

Studying at
Parkland  College/St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, Champaign

Why did you become a seminarian?

Since I was a child, my grandparents took me to Mexican Night Worship, a monthly vigil of adoration before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. I attended Mass and catechism classes, but never thought of responding to God’s call. Once, after I finished high school, I went to adoration as I had every month, and asked God what he wanted for me. I was willing to leave everything and follow Him if He asked me to. I had many questions for God: “Why am I alive? What mission do I have in life? What can I do for God and humanity?” God responded within me: “Have courage, come and follow me.” Since that day when I was 16 years old, I have followed God in the priestly formation and lived every day in happiness.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

Before entering seminary I was in high school and I liked to ride my motorcycle with my friends.

An interesting fact about you

I like Gothic architecture and the history of the ancient Church.

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