Current Seminarians

Arthur Bautista

Archdiocese of Chicago


November 14

Ordination Year


Home Town

Mount Prospect

Home Parish

St. Zachary


Divine Word College Seminary in Epworth Iowa (Philosophy)

Previous Career

Nursing Assistant


Tagalog and English


I like watching documentaries and medical TV shows

Favorite Saint

St. Lawrence Deacon and Martyr

Vocation Story

I felt God’s calling at a very young age. I started serving as an altar server from grade school until high school. I guess that was the time when my vocation started to grow. I entered college seminary at the age of 16 back in the Philippines but two years later my parents decided to move to the United States. I worked as nursing assistant for 3 years but the vocation to the priesthood is really strong. I decided to go back to the seminary. I finished my undergraduate at Divine Word Seminary in Iowa and now I’m on my 3rd year theology at Mundelein Seminary.

Priest Aspirations

I look forward serving the people of God as a priest. Also, celebrating Sacraments especially the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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

The beauty of diversity here at the seminary. We all come from different background, ethnicity, culture, country but we all answering one call which is priesthood.

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

Pray for me to become authentic and holy priest of Jesus Christ

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