Current Seminarians

Paul Grandi

Diocese of Tucson, Arizona

Birthday

May 11

Ordination Year

2019

Home Town

Tucson, Arizona

Home Parish

St. Thomas the Apostle

Undergraduate

Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon (2015, Philosophy, Literature)

Languages

English, and a bit of Spanish

Hobbies

Reading, hiking, playing video games, pondering life and the world.

Tidbit

My name is an oxymoron - "Paul" comes from the Latin root for "small" and "Grandi" means "big" so technically my name means "small big"

Favorite Saint

Pope St. John Paul II

Vocation Story

I never really took my faith seriously until I went on a confirmation retreat in high school, where I had a significant conversion experience. I went into the retreat broken, and there experienced the love of God and the powerful, supportive community of the Church for the first time. It was truly a life changing moment for me, and it helped me to see the world with hope and love. Ever since then, I have wanted to give back – I have wanted to serve others and help them experience the love that I had experienced. This is the root of my vocation, which would not manifest itself until the end of my freshman year of college where I continually felt called to give this service through the priesthood.

Priest Aspirations

I am looking forward to hearing confessions and being an instrument of God’s mercy for people

How can Mundelein's donors and community pray for you?

Please pray that I may persevere in the vocation to which God has called me, and that I may let nothing stand between me and my relationship with God.