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Mateo Pascual

Birth Date

April 15

Parish Location

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2023, Class of 2030

Studying at
Immaculate Heart of Mary

Why did you become a seminarian?

I had never thought of becoming a priest. When I graduated from high school, I was offered my dream job as a software developer where I thought I could have a great career and make a lot of money. At the same time I was not making great decisions in my personal life and I as not at peace with how I was living. I returned to prayer and after spending time with Jesus in adoration, I asked what would bring me peace. I heard the Lord speak to me, “Be my priest.” Although I fought going to seminary for a long time, I found peace by simply saying “yes.”

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I was a full time computer science major at Illinois Central College while working as a software developer with Caterpillar in East Peoria.

An interesting fact about you:

I was born in Guatemala. I speak three languages, and I still enjoy computer programming.

Peoria Vocations

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