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Current Seminarians

Kevin Gregus

Archdiocese of Chicago

Birthday

April 2

Ordination Year

2023

Home Town

Crystal Lake, IL

Home Parish

St. Alphonsus, Lakeview

Undergraduate

University of Michigan (Aerospace Engineering)

Previous Career

Fuel Systems Engineer for the Department of the Navy and FAA Certification Engineer at Astronics Armstrong Aerospace

Languages

English

Hobbies

Sports (watching and playing), reading, listening to podcasts, playing trumpet, eating sushi, hangin' with the boys

Tidbit

I have a metal plate in my left ankle due to a break playing hockey

Favorite Saint

St. Peter and St. John Paul the Great

Favorite Devotion

Litany of Humility

Vocation Story

After attending a Catholic grade school, I got involved with the youth ministry program at my parish in high school.  After attending a youth retreat, I took the Catholic faith on as my own and helped to build up the ministry program.  In college, I spent a summer as a Totus Tuus teacher for the Diocese of Rockford, where I fell deep in love with the Church, her liturgy, and her people.  During that summer, I felt the first call from God to priesthood placed on my heart.

However, due to a number of circumstances, I let that call fade away and focused on my career and potential marriage after graduation.  I moved to Southern Maryland to work on US Naval aircraft, where I was professionally happy, but not living a faith life outside of going to Mass and teaching CCD.  After about 4 years, I moved to Chicago with a small aerospace company.  In desperate search for Catholic community, I joined the Young Adult Ministry at St. Alphonsus in the Lakeview neighborhood.  From there, I fell in with a dynamic men’s group (which is still there now).  Those men helped to reignite my faith life.

At a silent retreat with the group, I sat in Adoration just focusing on being with the Lord.  It was at this time that God busted down every wall and showed me how happy I would be as a priest and how my life already fit into the priesthood-my love of liturgy, of brotherhood, of teaching, and of the people.  From there, I joined the InSearch discernment group in Chicago and was reaffirmed of the call from God to enter seminary.

Priest Aspirations

Helping to build true and intentional Catholic communities centered on Jesus Christ and the sacraments

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

Chanting Lauds and Vespers with my brother seminarians

Anything Else

Stay salty, my friends — Matt 5:13

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

Please pray that I may humbly trust in God’s will