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Current Seminarians

Frank Pusateri

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Birthday

May 25

Ordination Year

2023

Home Town

Bloomingdale, IL

Home Parish

St. Walter Church

Undergraduate

Franciscan University of Steubenville (English (Western and World Literature) and Theology)

Languages

English and Spanish

Hobbies

Reading, Writing, Cooking

Tidbit

I have won two Harry Potter Look-Alike contests.

Favorite Saint

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Favorite Devotion

Total Consecration to Mary

Vocation Story

At age seven, I became interested in my faith on a deeper level at the time I was preparing to receive my First Eucharist. I remember making a little altar in my house and praying the night before this big event. I also remember wearing a Scapular to my public school outside my clothes. My friends thought that since I wore a Scapular, it meant I would become a priest, and one girl even asked me to heal her finger. As silly as it sounds, this was what planted the idea of priesthood in my head. And finally receiving my First Eucharist was one of the happiest days of my life.

Throughout middle school and high school, I went through various periods of being more or less involved in my faith. In the back of my mind, there was always the thought that I would start my journey to priesthood when I finished high school. I ended up deciding to go to Franciscan University of Steubenville for college. The idea of vocation would alternately plague all my thoughts and leave me numb. At a silent retreat, I was at a Holy Hour, and I told God that I was open to whatever vocation He would call me to. Within a minute, I felt a voice say, “What about diocesan priesthood?” I was so angry I left the chapel. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t honestly ask God about my vocation for a while.

After college, I began looking for jobs unsuccessfully, and that summer, I agreed to be a Totus Tuus teacher two days before the training started. It was one of the best experiences in my life. Within a week of hanging out with the Joliet seminarians, any distaste for diocesan priesthood was removed. I continued to see that if I was being honest with myself, I was feeling a call to the priesthood. My original plan was to work at a job for a year, and then go to seminary, but I eventually realized that the extra year was just an excuse. I applied for and was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Joliet in December 2016.