Current Seminarians

Martin Marulanda

Archdiocese of Chicago


June 19

Ordination Year


Home Town

Manizales, Colombia

Home Parish

St. Damian Parish – Oak Forest, IL


Universidad de Caldas, COL (2009, Music Teacher)

Previous Seminary

I worked as a percussionist of the Caldas Symphonic Orchestra [in Colombia] for about 9 years.

Previous Career

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


Spanish, English, [some French]


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


I survived a replacement of the aortic valve in my heart. This was a painful experience, however, God has given me the strength and the physical and spiritual healing necessary to continue pursuing my vocation to the priesthood. I’m in perfect health right now.

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. Along with my parents, my uncle Bishop Fabian Marulanda, has played an important role in my spiritual development and human formation. I attended Catholic schools, were I was always involved in pastoral and vocational groups.

I arrived in Chicago in 2013. I was recommended to study for this Archdiocese. After one year of discernment and learning English as a second language, I felt reaffirmed to serve God through my life and my vocation in this part of the world. Then, I came to Mundelein Seminary, where I took two years of Philosophy and after that I moved to Theology; also I keep on learning English as a second language.

Priest Aspirations

I want to work for those in need and 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?

Bishop Barron was Rector during my first year of studies at Mundelein Seminary. Once, I approached him and told him how much I really admired him for his work on evangelization through media and leadership within the Catholic Church. He replied –Well Martin, I also enjoy the way you play timpani during some special masses here at Mundelein– and, I felt very glad for that compliment coming from him.

Anything Else

I lead the Spanish Choir at Mundelein Seminary

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