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Current Seminarians

Andres Rojas

Archdiocese of Chicago

Birthday

October 31

Ordination Year

2022

Home Town

Chicago

Home Parish

Our Lady of Mercy

Undergraduate

St Joseph College Seminary, Loyola University (Philosophy)

Languages

Spanish, English

Hobbies

I like to play board games and paint.

Tidbit

I was a Latin/ Ballroom dance instructor.

Favorite Saint

St Joseph

Vocation Story

My family was very involved in our home parish, we participated at many events and liturgies. When I was in high school I felt a desire to give more of myself to the Church. Before choosing a college I worked at the parish helping the pastor with various things and as I got to know him better and see him work I saw a life that was close to Christ and His Church and I wanted that. After some conversation I entered St Joseph College Seminary and continued onto Mundelein. But in my third year, I saw in myself that my prayer life and desire for priesthood had waned and I decided to step out for sometime. During those two years I worked as a barista and slowly began to be more involved in the parish again. Through the parish ministries and the time with my family I was able to hear the Lord calling me to serve Him and to follow Him. I entered the Spirituality Year and there I was able to strengthen my desire and my relationship with the Lord. And so I am back at Mundelein restarting my third year hopeful that the Lord will continue to lead me to give more of myself to His Church.

Priest Aspirations

Being able to be with people in the most happy moments and the most difficult in their lives.

What has been your favorite/most memorable story of your time at Mundelein thus far?

What continues to surprise me are my brother seminarians at Mundelein. They can be great leaders in prayer and excellent students but they still like to have fun. One of my favorite memories was the cam retreat we went on in 2016 with the 3 North Dogs. We went to Starved Rock and had a great time hiking and getting to know each other in the cabin.

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