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Current Seminarians

Blake Peterson

Diocese of Rockford, Illinois

Birthday

September 2

Ordination Year

2026

Home Town

Rockford

Home Parish

St. Bridget's

Undergraduate

University of St. Thomas (Philosophy/Catholic Studies)

Hobbies

Running, reading, drinking coffee, playing ultimate frisbee, playing with Legos

Favorite Saint

St. Augustine, St. Ignatius of Loyola

Vocation Story

Growing up, I loved playing with Legos, and I decided that I wanted to work for Lego. In my first year of high school I planned on going to the University of Illinois to study industrial design. In the last year of high school, I became a member of my school’s retreat ministry team, and as I led retreats for my classmen and the underclassmen, I fell in love with sharing my testimony and encouraging others in their faith. In prayer, I realized that I could do what I loved for the rest of my life and do things that remained in this world, or I could do what I loved for the rest of my life and, by God’s grace, change the course of eternity. I knew that this was more true to what I wanted and what the Father wanted. As senior year progressed, I sensed the Father calling me to a more radical and generous gift of self, and I became a seminarian the summer after I graduated from high school. After four years of college seminary, the Father continues to reveal that He calls me to a life that is everything that I’ve ever wanted.

Priest Aspirations

Being able to perform the sacraments and offer the things that have changed my life the most to the people I serve.

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

For an increase of the theological and cardinal virtues, and to be filled by the fire of the Holy Spirit and the love of the heart of Jesus more than ever before.