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Current Seminarians

Eric Rewa

Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Birthday

February 26

Ordination Year

2022

Home Town

Walker, MI

Home Parish

Holy Trinity- Comstock Park

Undergraduate

Central Michigan University (2015, Bachelor of Science in History and Social Science)

Graduate Degree

M.A. in Philosophy and Religion

Languages

English

Hobbies

Camping, Fishing, Reading, Biking, Music, Sports, Politics, History, Astronomy

Tidbit

I have played the trombone since I was 10 years old

Favorite Saint

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Favorite Devotion

Militia of the Immaculata

Vocation Story

I was raised a Catholic by my parents since the time I was born; they did this by praying before meals and at bedtime, bringing me to Mass every Sunday, and enrolling me in Religious Education at our home parish- Holy Trinity. It was during my college years at Central Michigan University that I learned substantially more about the faith and got very involved at the campus parish St. Mary’s. At this parish I made friends who were devoted Catholics. I attended and helped out with retreats, became an Altar Server and Lector, and participated in numerous other events. Through this learning and involvement, my faith itself grew to a point that in my final year of college I started to seriously consider a vocation to the priesthood. At the same time I was studying to be a high school history teacher and in the fall of 2015 I did my student teaching experience, which, although enjoyable, did not turn out the way I would have liked. Being that I had already been discerning a priestly vocation for a number of months at that point, I decided to apply for seminary in December 2015 soon after graduating from college. By May (2016) I was accepted and in August I started my formation as a priest at Mundelein Seminary.

Priest Aspirations

Administering the Sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist and Confession.

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

Fellowship among my seminarian brothers, especially those from my diocese (Grand Rapids) and in my class (1st Theology); also my involvement in the Seminary Schola, Brass Ensemble, Cantoring, and in the Militia Immaculata.

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

For my continuing formation to become a parish priest.