Current Seminarians

Darren Stass

Diocese of Rockford, Illinois


April 11

Ordination Year


Home Town

Cary, IL

Home Parish

Sts. Peter and Paul


Aurora University (Special Education)

Previous Career



English and Beginner Spanish


Reading, running, music


I have done two decathlons.

Favorite Saint

St. Luke

Favorite Devotion

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus

Vocation Story

In 6th grade I heard the librarian at my school share the story of St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe. His devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and sacrificial love inspired me to think about becoming a priest. However, throughout the rest of middle school and high school I did not pursue that inspiration. In college, I really grew in the faith and became more active in the church. I graduated with a degree in Special Education to serve Christ in others. After attending a retreat at my home parish, Sts. Peter and Paul, I prayed a novena to Our Lady of the Annunciation and felt God calling me, “to go to seminary and become a priest.” After much prayer and discernment with family, friends, and the local pastor, I decided to talk with the vocations director and apply to the Seminary. Here I am Lord, I come to do Thy will!

Priest Aspirations

Celebrating the Sacraments of the Church

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

University of St. Mary of the Lake is holy ground. From the beautiful structures dedicated to God, to the staff and faculty at the University, this place gives God glory.

Anything Else

I like sports.

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

Please pray that I know, accept, love, choose, and persevere in the vocation God is calling me to live.