St. Joseph Seminary

Matthew Pajor

Hometown: Roselle, Illinois
Major: Bachelor of Arts in History, Philosophy, and Political Science
Expected Graduation: 2019

Matthew has been named to the Dean’s List throughout his time at Loyola, was named to the Aquinas Honor Society, and was inducted as a member of both Alpha Sigma Nu and Pi Sigma Alpha. Last year, Matthew was selected by professors to present at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference. He is a leader in the seminary community and a mentor to younger students.

His extensive service experience includes work in the Catholic Charities soup kitchen, ministry of care in his parish, serving as a catechist at the St. Jerome Parish religious education program, doing volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House at Lurie Children’s Hospital, and coordinating the collection and distribution of winter socks to homeless people in downtown Chicago.

Here, Matthew talks about his work with refugees and his vocation to the priesthood.

What was the most meaningful volunteer, service, or student organization activity you’ve been involved in? How has it influenced you or shaped you as a person?

The most meaningful volunteer experience I have been involved in is serving as an ESL tutor at Madonna Mission. Hearing the stories of refugees and coming to understand what many of them have endured and the challenges they have faced has reminded me of how blessed and fortunate I have been throughout my life. I am more motivated than ever to go out and help those who need it most.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from your Jesuit education?

My Jesuit education has taught me that the primary purpose of education is not to attain skills for one’s own use. Rather, being educated comes with the responsibility to use the knowledge and skills gained to serve one’s community, and the world at large, for the greater glory of God.

What do you hope to achieve after college, and how has Loyola prepared you?

I hope to enter major seminary to study theology to be ordained a priest. Loyola has given me wholesome formation and a comprehensive education that priests need to face the challenges of the modern world.


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