Current Seminarians

Larry Basbas

Archdiocese of Chicago

Birthday

July 13

Ordination Year

2020

Home Town

Chicago

Home Parish

Saint Pascal

Undergraduate

Columbia College Chicago (1995, Arts & Sciences (major in Graphic Design))

Previous Career

Advertising

Languages

English, Tagalog, Spanish

Hobbies

High-Intensity Interval Training

Tidbit

My last name actually means "Blessing" in Tagalog

Favorite Saint

San Lorenzo Ruiz

Vocation Story

My quiet desire to become a priest began when I was in the 2nd grade. The catechism I received had quite an impact on this kid. Even as a child, I wanted to be for Jesus. But as I grew older, I ignored the little nudgings I would get from God from time to time. So, I went on with my life. It wasn’t until one afternoon in November 2013 that God REALLY got my attention. I was taking a break from my work when I suddenly felt the incredible presence of the Holy Spirit come down upon me and envelop me so tightly with the message to answer God’s call. That powerful episode compelled me to contact the Vocation Director (Fr. Bitterman). Still doubtful and confused about how I was feeling, God seemed to start throwing rocks at me so-to-speak to get my attention and make the path clear. He showed me signs that seemed too good to be coincidences. The rest is history. I got accepted and here I am on my third year at USML (1st Theology).

Priest Aspirations

Just being out there with the people, serving them!

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

My favorite times actually happened off campus. Mundelein Seminary gave me the wonderful opportunity to travel to Mexico for a whole summer to immerse in the Spanish language and Mexican culture. The following year, I was also able to go on a Mission Trip to South America to help the poor and the sick in Piura, Perú. Both were very rich and unforgettable experiences.

Anything Else

I have a passion for coffee. I can’t go through the day without shots of espresso.

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

Continue going to Mass and keeping us in their thoughts and prayers.

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