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Current Seminarians

Luis Miguel Garcia Diaz

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Birthday

Febuary 13

Ordination Year

2022

Home Town

Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Home Parish

St Mary's Catholic Church, Mokena

Undergraduate

Seminario Diocesano de Toluca (Seminary College)

Languages

Spanish and English

Hobbies

I love hiking, riding a bike, listening to music, swiming.

Tidbit

I'm an only child. I started in seminary when i was 15 years old

Favorite Saint

St Francis of Assisi

Favorite Devotion

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Vocation Story

I was born on February 13, 1994 in Metepec in the state of Mexico. I was baptized on March 9 of that same year. I am an only child, my parents are Luis Miguel Garcia and Maria Concepción. I used to live in my mother’s home town, Valle de Bravo, Mexico until I was 15 years old when I started my formation at the Diocesan Seminary of Toluca in August 2009. Due to my life story, I can see how God has mercifully acted with me in different ways. One of those ways occurred when I was in my mother’s womb. The pregnancy was diagnosed at high risk. Moved by faith, my parents made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lord of Miracles in San Juan Nuevo, Michoacán, Mexico, to consecrate me to the Lord and pray to the Creator for my birth. By His love and mercy, I am alive today.

Growing up among the security, caring love and values of my Christian-Catholic family, it taught me how to be a good son of God. Also my maternal grandparents Fernando Diaz and Alicia Lopez, who became other parents for me, showed me the charity of the Lord. Every time, I was accompanied by my aunts and uncles, cousins, friends and the Church that form this day give me security and support. Being surrounded of these aspects, I first heard the call of God through my catechist, Sister. Antonia Resendis when I was a little altar server. She recommended I think about a priestly vocation, and later the examples of many priests especially one them, my confirmation sponsor, Fr. Jaime Caballero drew me in the same direction.

Afraid of answering to the divine Voice, I tried to ignore it for some time. Even so, “His word had been in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones”. After I confirmed the call in a retreat, I began the discernment and priestly formation at the seminary of Toluca. They were seven wonderful years there. However, as I finished philosophy, I discovered that God wanted something more from me: to be a missionary. Hence, having understood that the Church is universal, and that God has put certain persons in my life to show me His way, I came here last year from Mexico determined to follow the Lord’s call to serve the Diocese of Joliet.

Priest Aspirations

I want to share the gospel. I look forwadrd to celebrate the sacraments. I want to serve the people of God

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

As an international student, I wanted to get a good score in order to be accepted in Mundelein. So, when I knew that I got accepted, I felt so happy.

Anything Else

I love to be a missionary.

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

Please pray for my vocation and my family.