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Current Seminarians

Brent Smith

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Birthday

August 30

Ordination Year

2022

Home Town

Carol Stream

Home Parish

Corpus Christi

Undergraduate

Pontifical College Josephinum (Bachelor of Philosophy)

Previous Career

Campus Missionary for the Newman Catholic Student Center of Northern Illinois University (NIU)

Languages

English and basic Spanish

Hobbies

playing sports like tennis & ultimate-Frisbee; pencil sketching; cooking & baking; listening to american folk-rock & classical music

Tidbit

I have participated in eight week-long Catholic mission trips, most recently to the AZ region of the Navajo Nation

Favorite Saint

Venerable Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP

Favorite Devotion

Divine Mercy Chaplet

Vocation Story

I grew up in a devout Catholic family, attending Sunday Mass and praying the Rosary together. Near the end of my time in middle school, my home parish welcomed its second pastor. During my four years in high school, I became more and more involved in peer ministry (weekly youth group, retreats etc.) and the Mass (altar-serving and lectoring). While priesthood became a serious consideration, I needed more time for discernment prior to entering seminary.

In 2014, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Corporate Communication. Following six months as a documentation clerk for an international shipping company, I resigned to then spend the 2015-2016 academic year at NIU as a campus missionary. During that year, I became involved in the liturgical life of the Newman Center while leading Bible studies and meeting one-on-one with college students to provide faith formation. Having so radically experienced the work of evangelization and disciple-making, the vocation of priesthood became very real for me. I realized that I desired to serve Christ and His Church in an even more committed way. God-willing, my discernment will lead to ever-greater service.

Priest Aspirations

Sacramental preparation meetings and any youth catechesis opportunity

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

I am so glad to have found out that I can go on a 30 minute walk to Marytown, where I can partake in perpetual Eucharistic adoration and the relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe!

Anything Else

The Catholic Worker Movement, established by Dorothy Day (who has a cause for sainthood!), and Community Supported Agriculture (esp. organics) both have special places in my heart.

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

For the consolations of greater inner strength and lasting joy