Current Seminarians

Ben Valentine

Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa

Ordination Year


Home Town

Cedar Rapids, IA

Home Parish

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


Loras College (Philosophy and Spanish)


English and Spanish


Running, reading, and sports


My whole family is in the insurance industry (older 2 brothers, dad, two uncles).

Favorite Saint

Mary, Mother of God

Favorite Devotion

Marian Consecration

What has been your favorite/most memorable story of your time at Mundelein thus far?

One of the best parts of seminary for me has been coming to know and love my brother seminarians. They have been a loving and supportive group of men for me. Whenever we pray together, have meals, or do anything, I experience great joy. They have also helped me to grow deeper in love with God and have helped me to realize and change bad habits that kept me from being a bridge to Christ.