Mark Bernhard

Meet Fr. Mark Bernhard

Fr. Mark Bernhard was ordained to the priesthood on May 27th 2017

Mark Bernhard

Hello, my name is Mark Bernhard and I’m a seminarian for the diocese of Joliet. I am in my third year of formation and I’m currently studying at Mundelein seminary. I am a son of Gary and Lisa and have three siblings. We grew up on my father’s farm in Elwood.

My parents kept the faith a priority in the household while growing up. I recall praying the rosary every night as a family and making frequent visits to perpetual adoration that my mother helped coordinate at the parish we attended. My childhood had a tremendous impact on where I am today.

As the high school years arrived I remained known as the “good kid” but was “going through the motions” with my faith and spiritual life. I often put watching and playing sports above my relationship with Jesus Christ. While attending college at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais I began to read scripture on a regular basis, which really helped me grow closer to God. While at school my protestant friends challenged me in my Catholic faith, so I was forced to pray and study which ultimately led to feeling an even stronger personal relationship with Christ. After obtaining my degree in Accounting and Finance I took a position with FOCUS-The Fellowship of Catholic University Students. FOCUS takes recent college graduates and places them on different Universities across the country where they challenge students to encounter Jesus Christ. It was my time serving at the University of Nebraska with FOCUS where I began feeling the tug to go to seminary. Ministering to college students and seeing lives be forever changed was an amazing experience.

Working closely with priest that loved their vocation and loved serving others helped me understand the priesthood. Being blessed with great role models has continued as I have recently enjoyed getting to know Fr. John Lindsey at St. Joseph. He has been another priest whom I look up to and I see as a great mentor.

Last Spring I finished my philosophy studies at St. Meinrad seminary and I’m currently enjoying my theology studies at Mundelein. Please pray for me as I continue my studies and formation at Mundelein and I look forward to seeing you at St. Joseph.

                                                         Mark Bernhard

 

 

 
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