Current Seminarians

Carlos Ortega Valera

Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia


July 25

Ordination Year


Home Town

Valencia, Venezuela

Home Parish

St. Patrick in Norcross GA


University of Carabobo (2003, Licentiate in Education: ESL)

Graduate Degree

Master's in Educational Management, Master's of Art: Philosophy and Religion

Previous Career

Foreign Language Teacher, and School Administrator.


Spanish and English proficiently, and basic French and Portuguese


Linguistics, Swimming, reading, watching movies, hanging out with friends.


I used to practice Taekwondo and won 2 medals.

Favorite Saint

St. John the Evangelist

Favorite Devotion

The Rosary

Vocation Story

I was working at a school and helping at my parish for a couple of years. Little by little I started feeling more attracted to the work of the parish, and people encourage me to pray, and discern if I had a vocation. I had spiritual direction and talked to a priest about it and finally decided to call the vocation’s office to start an application.

Priest Aspirations

Serving the people of my diocese more holistically.

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

There have quite some moments but my favorite would be during a retreat with my hallway brothers. We went to help a group of sisters in the city to organize a Block party. It was very surprising to see the reaction of the people to the party and I enjoyed spending time with my brother seminarians, and the sisters serving those in need.