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Current Seminarians

Marko Culjak

Archdiocese of Chicago

Birthday

June 28

Ordination Year

2024

Home Town

Skokie, IL

Home Parish

Blessed Alojzije Stepinac in Chicago, IL

Undergraduate

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Accountancy)

Graduate Degree

Masters of Accounting Science

Previous Career

Public Accountant at Ernst and Young

Languages

English and Croatian

Hobbies

Praying, reading, watching and playing sports (especially soccer), exercising, and spending quality time with friends

Favorite Saint

St. John Vianney, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Michael the Archangel and St. Thomas Aquinas

Favorite Devotion

Praying to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vocation Story

After a personal encounter with Jesus in Medugorje during the summer before my freshman year of high school, I started to attend daily Mass. My yearning for Jesus grew throughout high school and into college as I lived at the Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was during my senior year at the Newman Center where I felt a calling to discern a vocation to the priesthood. As I tried to push the call away for 2 years, the desire for intentional discernment only got stronger. With the help of Our Lord and Our Lady, I finally accepted the call to attend seminary in order to further discern the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

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

Only to personally become a saint at all costs and push me to become one as well!