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Current Seminarians

Patrick Wille

Archdiocese of Chicago

Birthday

May 23

Ordination Year

2023

Home Town

Peoria, Illinois

Undergraduate

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Finance)

Previous Career

Business Career Foundation Program at The Boeing Company in St. Louis and Chicago.

Languages

English and French

Hobbies

Golf, baseball, basketball, guitar, and giving haircuts

Tidbit

I once got hit in the face by a ball at a Chicago Cubs game.

Favorite Saint

St. John the Apostle and Evangelist

Vocation Story

I moved to Seattle, Washington, for a summer internship with The Boeing Company after my sophomore year of college. Roughly 2,000 miles from home, I went to a daily Mass at a nearby parish on my first day in this new city. At this Mass, I witnessed the universality of the Church and felt at home. Having grown up Catholic and also having two Great Uncles who are priests, I began to consider my vocation more seriously as that summer progressed. I returned to the University of Illinois to finish my degree in Finance and accepted a full-time job with Boeing.

Before graduating, I studied abroad during my final semester of college in Paris, France. Once again, I was struck by the continuity of the liturgy and community of the Church around the world as I visited various churches throughout Europe. I made a resolution to attend daily Mass throughout all of Lent, which led to me hearing the Mass in ten different languages as I explored fourteen countries during that semester. To finish that Lenten season, my family and I went to Easter Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican with Pope Francis. This semester was an integral part of my formation.

I returned to the USA, graduated, and began working at Boeing. I loved my job and the people I worked with at Boeing, but I felt called to explore more seriously a vocation to the priesthood by entering the seminary.

We are all called to a vocation of holiness, so my time in seminary is meant to determine how I can best serve God and my neighbor throughout my life.

Priest Aspirations

“…seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Matthew 6:33

As a priest, I hope to serve as a beacon of hope in a world that is often full of despair. However, it is not simply me who would be providing this hope, but rather what Jesus Christ can do through me. I want to walk alongside all people to help them recognize God’s presence in their lives. On any given day as a priest, I could participate in the entire experience of the human condition through the Sacraments. I would share in the joy of a Baptism, the love of a wedding, and the sorrow of a funeral.

“The priest is not a priest for himself; he is a priest for you.” – St. John Vianney

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