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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, Spanish, and un peu de français

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

Favorite Devotion

Daily Rosary

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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