USML Graduate, Fr. Ivan Montelango, Meeting with Pope Francis

Rome, Italy – USML graduate Fr. Ivan Montelango, meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome in advance of Synod. He was chosen to take part in the Synod on Synodality, a multiyear worldwide effort initiated by Pope Francis in 2021, and was invited, amongst 20 participants from the United States, to attend the first general assembly in Rome, October 4 – 29, 2023. Click here to view a WPI Perspectives interview with Fr. Montelango.

Fr. Montelango was ordained into the priesthood in 2020 completed his Licentiate in Canon Law (J.C.L.) from St. Paul University in Ottawa, and is a graduate of Mundelein Seminary, where he received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He is the Judicial Vicar for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso and a Diocesan Vocation Director.

About the University of Saint Mary of the Lake at Mundelein Seminary

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake is the home to Roman Catholic theological education located within the Archdiocese of Chicago. The University maintains schools and programs that prepare students for ministry: Mundelein Seminary, The Pontifical Faculty of Theology, and the new School of Parish Leadership and Evangelization.

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