Current Seminarians

Christopher Stoker

Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa


October 3

Ordination Year


Home Town

Ames, IA

Home Parish

St. Thomas Aquinas


Loras College (Philosophy and International Studies)




Triathlons, Traveling, Soccer, and eating food!

Favorite Saint

St. Therese of Lisieux

Favorite Devotion


Vocation Story

My Catholic faith was never a big part of my life, so one day my parents asked me to go to confirmation classes. I had no clue what confirmation was, but I started going to the classes. The more I started to learn more about my faith, the more I fell in love with the Catholic Church. I decided to dive in head first and my faith became a huge part of my life very quickly. For me, I started to hear the call after I began going to daily mass everyday the summer before my senior year at high school. Putting the idea off for 4 years, I went on with my life, and in this time my faith was challenged, there were amazing priest role models in my life, and I grew in Christian friendship with good people. After four years of ups and downs my faith had deepened, and I knew it was time to give seminary a shot.

Priest Aspirations

Being with the people. The people of the Church have taught me so much, and I have so much more to learn, but I am excited to walk with the People of God in the sacraments and in their everyday lives.

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

Please pray that I might continue to grow in trust.