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Current Seminarians

Br. Matthew Schuster

Archdiocese of Chicago

Birthday

July 14

Ordination Year

2019

Home Town

Loenard MI

Home Parish

Assumption Grotto

Undergraduate

Holy Apostles College and Seminary (2015, Bachelor of Arts)

Languages

English, Spanish

Hobbies

Violin

Tidbit

I used to help build pipe organs

Favorite Saint

St. Phillip Neri

Vocation Story

I first became serious about discerning a vocation when I attended a one week Ignatian silent retreat, hosted by Miles Christi. Immediately after this powerful period of silence, I asked one of the new associates at my home parish, who was a religious with the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, to help me sort out what the Lord might be calling me to do. He helped me to sort through the desires I was experiencing and suggested that I visit various communities to try out religious life. I made two visits, first to his community and, shortly thereafter, to the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, a newly formed religious community based in downtown Chicago. After my week-long visit I felt the strong desire to enter this community. I had fallen in love with the unique combination of vibrant common life within the parish apostolate so that leaving after my visit felt to me like I was leaving my home. The following year I entered the community, completed postulancy, novitiate and juniorate, after which I attended Holy Apostles College Seminary.

Priest Aspirations

I look forward to celebrating Mass and to being a father to the people in the parish.

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

I have especially enjoyed entering the community life here at Mundelein.  There have been so many opportunities to get outside of my small world and to grow in fraternity by doing different activities, playing sports or just spending time with other seminarians.  Among the many skills and strengths I will take away from my time here, the most valuable are the friendships and the shared memories that I have been blessed to experience.

Anything Else

I grew up with five siblings and all of us play various musical instruments.  Music has always played a significant role in my life.  Playing violin and piano are some of my favorite ways to spend free time.  I’ve particularly enjoyed the opportunities to play chamber music with other seminarians here at Mundelein.  Music brings a multitude of disparate elements together into harmony with a type of narrative flow.  I think it is satisfying precisely inasmuch as it becomes a reflection of the Holy Spirit: bringing fragments and broken pieces into a holistic composition, just as He did at Creation.

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

Please pray for my community, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, that we grow together in love of the Lord and for the Church. I would not be here studying for the priesthood if it were not for the support I receive every day from my brothers in religious life. Pray for more vocations.