Blake Miller Vocation Story

Brothers and sisters in Christ,
I’m honored to have been invited to share about my vocational journey for this week’s bulletin. As Holy Trinity has been my home for my 28 years of life, I’m hopefully a familiar face in some regard, but I hope learning a little about my own journey toward priesthood can help someone grow closer to Jesus. I began to discern priesthood as a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University where I was studying to work in university administration. Though I attended Catholic school through high school (Holy Trinity grade schools and then Central Catholic), I can’t say that I was striving to live out or grow in my faith in an impactful way. Consequently, when I was an undergraduate student at Illinois State, I lived a life that was far from the Lord in some respects. Upon graduation and living on my own for the first time in graduate school, I realized a need to commit more decisively to what I believed in and how I would carry myself. Despite not practicing my faith well, I had never lost sight of the truth of Catholicism. During my first year of graduate school, I began to go to Mass more frequently throughout the week and tried to develop a prayer life. Regular prayer with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration was and remains a channel of immense grace in my life. I began to feel the gentle tug on my heart to consider priesthood, and after trying my best to convince God that His plans were not for me, I felt I could no longer deny Him. A tremendous sense of peace came with surrendering to His will. After completing my graduate studies, I entered seminary in the fall of 2020.

Currently I am a 2nd Theology student at Mundelein Seminary and in my fourth year of seminary overall. If all goes to plan, I anticipate being ordained to the priesthood for our Diocese of Peoria in the summer of 2026. Seminary has been the best experience of my life and, while not without trial, I feel great peace knowing that I will soon be doing what God made me to do. This spring I will be on “internship” semester, serving at Blessed Sacrament parish in Morton with Fr. Adam Cesarek.

Please continue to pray for me as I approach priestly ordination, for all our diocesan priests and seminarians, and that more young men would answer God’s call for their lives and become priests. Know of my prayers for everyone at Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick parishes. Remember that Jesus loves you – even the parts of you that you may not love about yourself. Keep coming to Him in the Sacraments, prayer, and Scripture, and see how He can transform your life. Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever.

In His peace,
Blake Miller
Diocese of Peoria Seminarian, Class of ‘26