Current Seminarians

Blake Miller

Diocese of Peoria, Illinois


September 25

Ordination Year


Home Town

Bloomington, IL

Home Parish

Holy Trinity


Illinois State University (Marketing)

Graduate Degree

M.S. College Student Affairs (EIU '20)


I only speak English but enjoy studying Biblical Greek.


I enjoy watching movies, playing and watching sports, and reading.

Vocation Story

Growing up, I was directionless. I had many interests and hobbies, but never found something that I knew I was made to give my life to. Further, though I attended Catholic school through high school, I don’t think I ever had a true relationship with Jesus Christ.

Entering college, I continued to attend Sunday Mass, but otherwise failed to practice my faith in a meaningful way. As I worked toward a degree, I got involved as a member of a fraternity. While this opportunity helped me to grow in many ways as a man and a leader, it also pulled me deeper into a worldly lifestyle. By the time I reached my senior year, I was unhappy with my direction in life.

I was encouraged to consider graduate programs in the field of College Student Affairs with hopes of working in university administration in some capacity and helping other college students who had this same lack of direction I’d experienced. I chose to attend a graduate program for this field at and graduated in 2020.

While in graduate school, I experienced a reversion to my faith. I began to attend daily Mass and tried to form a prayer life. Through this growth, I felt a gentle tug on my heart from the Lord to consider priesthood. While this call was confusing at first, He eventually won me over by revealing to me the peace that only He offers. From this moment, I found a spiritual director and with his guidance applied to seminary.

I completed my Pre-Theology studies at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in 2022 and am looking forward to continuing what have been the best years of my life as I enter Theology studies at Mundelein.

Priest Aspirations

I look forward to helping people come to know who God is as a provident and loving Father and who we are meant to be in relation to His love.

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

Please pray for me and my brother seminarians to grow in the virtues necessary to become faithful shepherds.