Current Seminarians

Benjamin Schoonmaker

Diocese of Peoria, Illinois


April 27

Ordination Year


Home Town

Moline, IL

Home Parish

St. Mary's, Rock Island


Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, MN (Philosophy)


I enjoy road biking, mountain biking, coffee roasting, and have a black belt in Shorinji Kempo


I once played in a vintage NFL football game on the field where the first NFL game was played

Favorite Saint

St. Maria Goretti

Vocation Story

Jesus continually drew me to himself throughout high school. I was planning on entering an engineering program after high school, but through the influence of seminarians, Totus Tuus missionaries, good friends, and holy priests in my life I was challenged to begin a mature prayer life. When I started to listen to the voice of Jesus, He slowly began to reveal His plan for me and I found great joy in it!