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Current Seminarians

Marco Franco

Archdiocese of Chicago

Birthday

June 07

Ordination Year

2019

Home Town

Guadalajara, Mexico

Home Parish

Good Shepherd

Undergraduate

Universidad de Guadalajara (philosophy)

Previous Career

Administrative staff and Director of library services in a high-school in Mexico

Languages

Spanish and English

Hobbies

Poetry.

Favorite Saint

Padre Pio

Vocation Story

It was during my early years that I thought that I would like to be a priest. I remember myself telling my parents “I wanna be like Father Isauro” my joyful pastor of my home parish in Mexico for whom I was his altar server for six years. So I was 12 years old when I began my seminary formation at Cuquio, Jalisco (my parents’ hometown). I studied in the middle school there. Then I spent three years of high school in the minor seminary of Guadalajara. In 2009, I started a year of spirituality in Tapalpa, Jalisco. In 2010, when I was beginning my philosophical studies, my second oldest brother lost his life in a car accident, so this event made me think about the possibility of spending some time with my family, and healing this painful wound together with them. Thus, I was out of the seminary in Mexico for about three years. At that time a got a job as a substitute teacher and as the director of the library services in a high school, at the same time I was completing my philosophy studies at the public university of Guadalajara.

During the time out of the seminary my vocation did not diminish, but it grew even more in my inner desires. A friend of mine told me about the Archdiocese of Chicago and the program which used to invite Latino guys interested on serving the Hispanic community in the Archdiocese. To make this decision and to leave my family again was not easy. Finally, I arrived in this country on August 11, 2013 with only the intention to keep answering God’s call. I studied English for two years at UIC and at Mundelein Seminary. Now I completed my theological studies, I will be ordained on May 18th and my first assignment will be Good Shepherd Parish in Chicago which was also my Teaching Parish during my deacon year. I feel so blessed to have this gift of my vocation because through it I’ll be able to bring people to God and to show them God’s mercy because I am also a product of the Mercy of God. Please keep me in your prayers and be assured of mine. God bless you all!