Current Seminarians

Christian Melendez-Cruz

Diocese of Yakima, Washington


March 1

Ordination Year


Home Town

Carolina, Puerto Rico

Home Parish

Saint Joseph, Kennewick, WA


Carolina, Puerto Rico (Business Administration with a concentration in Finance)

Graduate Degree

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Previous Career

Behavioral Health Consultant


Spanish, English and America Sign Language


Play Volleyball, watch movies, walk, nature, spirituality, friendships

Favorite Saint

St. Therese of Lisieux

Favorite Devotion

Praying for the Souls in the Purgatory

Vocation Story

I have always felt God’s calling in my life. When I was 4 years old, I told my parents that I wanted to be a priest or a psychologist. I had no idea of what I was saying but the Lord was sowing the seed of the vocation in me. After having an amazing job, apartment, car, and a “normal life”, I felt as if something was missing. After analyzing my life, I realized that God was and is calling me to be a saint. I want to be a holy seminarian so I can be a holy priest and serve the People of God with devotion and commitment.

Priest Aspirations

To serve the People of God by guiding them to meaningful experiences with the Lord, focusing always on achieving holiness.

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

The brotherhood lived on a daily basis. You feel the wonders of the Lord in every brother and sister.

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

Please, pray for me that I can be holy.