Current Seminarians

Ben Johnson

Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin

Birthday

June 22

Ordination Year

2020

Home Town

Oshkosh, WI

Home Parish

Most Blessed Sacrament Parish

Undergraduate

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (2015, Philosophy)

Languages

English

Hobbies

Video games, music, and Star Wars

Tidbit

Throughout all of high school, I only received one detention. I got caught playing Pokemon. No regrets.

Favorite Saint

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Vocation Story

For most of my life, my faith was shaky at best–at worst, it was nonexistent. In high school I became the stereotypical know-it-all, atheist teenager. By the grace of God working through various people in my life, I was reunited with Him, and I began to ask Him, “What was I made for?” I went to the Milwaukee School of Engineering, thinking my calling would be in what I’m good at, which is math and science. But eventually I found myself drawn away from that. At that point in my life, I only knew two things regarding my own vocation: I knew I wanted to be as close to God as I possibly could get in this life, and I knew I wanted to help others–heal them, if possible (one of my desires while at MSOE was to ultimately enter the field of cancer research). Eventually, through the process we call discernment, I found myself open to the possibility of priesthood. I became a seminarian, looking for closeness to God and clarity of vocation, and I stayed because I found the answers I was looking for.

Priest Aspirations

The fulfillment of those two core desires I previously mentioned: to serve God closely and intimately, and to live for the sake of others.

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

By asking the Lord to grant me clarity of mind and conviction of heart.

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