Current Seminarians

Justin Agbir

Diocese of Tucson, Arizona

Birthday

07/11

Ordination Year

2019

Home Town

Vandeikya, Benue state, Nigeria.

Home Parish

St. Winifred parish, Ihugh, Gboko diocese, Nigeria. Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Benson, Arizona.

Undergraduate

St. Thomas Aquinas' Major Seminary, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. (2012, Bachelors degree in Philosophy)

Previous Career

Teaching

Languages

English and Tiv

Hobbies

Reading, singing, biking, listening to music, playing badminton, etc.

Tidbit

Always looking younger, with the hope of being the youngest looking old man in the midst of others, anywhere!

Favorite Saint

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Favorite Devotion

Divine Mercy...

Vocation Story

My family introduced me to the Church. With regular Sunday and Weekday Masses, I was attracted to the celebration of the Eucharist, and inspired by the affectionate lifestyle of the priests. My involvement with Church activities made people suggest the priesthood to me, amidst other important suggestions. I was invited by some of my classmates to the vocations retreats of the Via Christi group, in Makurdi diocese. After being accepted into the lay membership in 2007, I began the formation with a year of Postulancy, in 2008. I did three years of Philosophical studies at St. Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary, Makurdi, in Nigeria. Apart from annual two months in a couple of parishes for Apostolic Work, I had a year of Pastoral Experience in parish church and school. Now, I am in the third year of Theology at Mundelein Seminary, as a member of the Via Christi, with the diocese of Tucson. Seminary formation has been a wonderful experience for me.

Priest Aspirations

Being able as minister of sacraments and Word, to represent Christ well, and recognize His presence in my encounters with others.

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

“My life is not about me. I am a sinner, and Christ is the Center!”

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

That I, together with my brothers, be formed into being priests after God’s own heart.