Current Seminarians

Jacob Hugo

Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan


November 11

Ordination Year


Home Town

Essexville, MI

Home Parish

Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Bay City, MI


University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN (Philosophy and Catholic Studies)


Hunting, Fishing, Kayaking, Camping, Shooting, Classical Guitar, Calligraphy, Pyrography, Carpentry.

Favorite Saint

St. Francis of Assisi

Favorite Devotion

Meditations on/Litanies of the Sacred Heart

Vocation Story

The first sparks of my vocation story were enkindled after receiving first Holy Communion and I was allowed to begin serving the Mass. As I grew up doing this, I encountered wonderful priests and beautiful liturgies that furthered my desire to be a priest. I played Mass as a young kid, often roping in somewhat disinterested siblings and cousins to be altar servers and deacons. (God bless them for their patience). As I grew up, the desire for priesthood became less of a game and more of a serious life decision; a decision I would weigh carefully as high school drew to a close. Still feeling the urge to pursue the peace and joy I’d felt at the call to priesthood, I made the plunge to enter college seminary. I spent four years at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. There I encountered the Lord in brand-new ways. I came face-to-face with my weaknesses and faults and found a loving Father who has never stopped loving me. I think that when we encounter love we want to return it in a similar way. In seminary I found the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that burns for the Father and for all His children. As I continue on, I hope and pray that I may be more closely united to that Sacred Heart and lead people to God, and God to people.

Priest Aspirations

Getting to know and walk with the people of God, to turn souls to God in Reconciliation and Spiritual Direction

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

Despite its size and diversity, Mundelein feels like a tight-knit group of people. There is a “family-environment” that is only produced when a group of people have a central goal. That goal is to lead others to Christ!

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

Pray that I may be molded into an effective instrument of the Lord. That I may be open to and retain the education I am receiving, and that I may be always docile to the prompts of the Holy Spirit.