Current Seminarians

Michael Groth

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Birthday

August 23

Ordination Year

2020

Home Town

Bourbonnais, IL

Home Parish

St. Martin of Tours, Kankakee, IL

Undergraduate

University of St. Thomas (2016, Philosophy, Catholic Studies)

Previous Career

Maintenance at the parish, carwash

Languages

English and some Spanish

Hobbies

Outdoors, camping, hockey, baseball

Tidbit

I'm an only child

Favorite Saint

St. John Paul II

Vocation Story

I was drawn to the priesthood in a gradual process: In third grade at St. Martin of Tours grade school, Sr. Rose Urbanczyk, MSF told me I was going to be a priest and Fr. Dennis Settles, my pastor at the time, began to show me the insides of the priesthood. One concrete way this was done was by asking me to begin altar serving in third grade.
In high school, I was able to continue serving and getting to know the priesthood in a tangible way. Fr. Mario Quejadas became my pastor when Fr. Settles retired. Fr. Mario gave me an insight into the other end of the life of a priest, which was very attractive. I became heavily involved with campus ministry at Bishop McNamara High School, going on and leading retreats.
After high school, I went to community college for 2 years, taking general education classes with an emphasis in accounting (what I planned on doing with my life, not what God planned for my life). I was invited by Fr. Mario to go on a mission trip to the Philippines with the Diocese of Joliet. This was a mission trip for college students, but accompanying us were Bishop Conlon and Fr. Mario. In the Philippines I learned what love actually is – the giving of oneself, even when you have nothing to give. In the Philippines I learned what service actually is – the giving of oneself, even when you have nothing to give. And this is the blessed life of a priest, ministering to those who are in need, but ministering with what you have received from the Lord. After returning from the mission trip, I applied to the Diocese of Joliet, and entered seminary.

Priest Aspirations

Ministering to the people of God the Sacraments, from which I receive my nourishment.

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