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Current Seminarians

Charles Warren

Diocese of Rockford, Illinois

Birthday

August 30

Ordination Year

2019

Home Town

Rockford, Illinois

Home Parish

St. Rita

Undergraduate

Loras College (2014, Media Studies (Television Production))

Graduate Degree

MA, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Languages

English, Spanish

Hobbies

Film Production, Athletics, Board Games

Tidbit

I was the anchor of a live news show during the 2012 elections.

Favorite Saint

My patron is Saint Francis of Assissi, and my favorite is Therese of Liseux

Vocation Story

Very simply…love.

This word has become my vocation story because in the same way I grew in my understanding of this word, I grew in my understanding of how I am to live my vocation.

For most of my life “love” was a word that my classmates tried to live but couldn’t. I saw short-lived relationships that ended because one or both persons could not grasp the fullness of love. I started thinking that love couldn’t happen for someone my age and that it was something to be pursued later in life. College was a culture shock, not for a lack of love, because I met people who were getting engaged, I met faculty who actually cared about the problems their students were going through, and I met men who loved the Church.

All these examples of genuine love made me reconsider my former paradigms on love and by their witnesses I felt moved to figure out for myself how I was meant to love others with my whole life. My closest friends in college were each pursuing this same goal in a variety of ways and pushed me to grow where I was weak or lacking in my relationship with Christ.

It ultimately came down to my understanding of that relationship with Christ that would draw me to the priesthood. I was a teacher for the Diocese’s Totus Tuus catechetical program and there I lived a priestly sort of lifestyle. One where I lived all hours of the day for others: the kids, the teens, the families, the volunteers, and most importantly Christ. Our day was focused around Mass and prayer. I understood love better in the 3 summers I served on Totus Tuus then most of my life. I knew I couldn’t ignore these experiences, my life had a great potential now.

Love drew me to the priesthood, but I’ve got a lot more to learn about Love (God) and I know my time in seminary will help me grow even more in love.

Priest Aspirations

Bringing people God’s love through the Eucharist!

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

That God would grant me the strength I need to fulfill the tasks expected of a seminarian and that I have greater trust.