Current Seminarians

Martin Marulanda

Archdiocese of Chicago


June 19

Ordination Year


Home Town

Manizales, Colombia

Home Parish

Mission San Juan Diego - Arlington Heights, IL


Caldas University (2009, Music Teacher)

Previous Career

I was long time percussionist [9 years] of the Caldas Symphonic Orchestra in Colombia.


Spanish, English, [and some French].


MUSIC (listen to classical music, playing percussion), READ (biographies or history books).


In 2014, I survived to an aortic valve replacement in my heart. It was an extremely painful medical procedure. God gave me the necessary healing to even continue pursuing my journey to priesthood.

Favorite Saint

St. Peter Claver (1580-1654)

Favorite Devotion

The Divine Child Jesus

Vocation Story

I come from a very deeply Catholic family in Colombia. My uncle, Bishop Marulanda, played an important and decisive pastoral role in my country, as well as in my very spiritual life and human formation.

I arrived in Chicago in 2013 through Casa Jesus, a program for Latino vocations of the Archdioceses of Chicago. After an intense year of discernment and learning of English, I felt reaffirmed to serve God through my life and my vocation. In 2014, I was accepted in Mundelein Seminary, where I took my pre-Theology studies for 2 years. Nowadays, I’m attending Theology classes and I keep on learning English as a second language.

Priest Aspirations

Work for those in need. Help those who feel abandoned to find and recognize God in the most simple things of life.

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

I had the honor and privilege to meet Bishop Barron, who was (and I still consider) a catholic hero worthy to imitate. He was Rector during my first year of studies at Mundelein.

Once, I approached him and told him how much I really admired him for his videos, homilies and leadership within the Catholic Church. He replied –Well Martin, I also like the way you play timpani during some special masses here at Mundelein– so, I felt very happy for that compliment coming from him.

Anything Else

Currently, I am the Director of the Spanish Choir at Mundelein Seminary and member of the Hispanic Ministry’s main committee.

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