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Current Seminarians

Andrew Whipple

Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Birthday

February 26

Ordination Year

2028

Home Town

Grand Rapids, MI & Mt. Pleasant, MI

Home Parish

St. Robert of Newminster

Undergraduate

University of Michigan (BFA Theatre)

Previous Career

Cryptologic Technician, US Navy

Languages

Arabic, Spanish

Hobbies

Music, Writing, Camping, the Great Lakes, Silence, Card & board games

Tidbit

I lived in a dry cabin in Alaska

Favorite Saint

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Favorite Devotion

Litany of Trust

Vocation Story

When the Catholic pillar of my family – my Grandma Marge Kasprzak – passed away, I saw how I had not been living the faith with which I was raised. Through her loss, God led me back to the Church and the sacraments: a return to Reconciliation after many years was the next turning point. I became increasingly involved in my parish as a layperson but remained unsettled… God’s call still seemed deeper. When Mass became a virtual celebration during the pandemic, my need for the Eucharist became apparent and, once able, I began attending daily Mass. In daily communion and worship with my parish community, I clearly heard what God was asking of me. I have followed His call with joy ever since!

Priest Aspirations

Administering the sacraments, serving the faithful, being a brother priest.

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

Completing the 30-day Ignatian retreat, capsizing a sailboat, losing Monopoly Deal to Dcn. Christopher Grief (Diocese of Owensboro)

How can Mundelein's donors and community pray for you?

Please pray that my heart remain fully, humbly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ and His will.