Current Seminarians

Ethan Osborn

Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO


March 16

Ordination Year


Home Town

Maysville, Missouri

Home Parish

St. Joseph the Worker, Ozark, MO


University of Missouri-Kansas City (Pharmacy)

Graduate Degree


Previous Career

Pharmacist in the hospital setting


English and Spanish


music, hunting, reading, spending time with friends


I can make a pretty good turkey gobble call with my mouth

Favorite Saint

St. John Vianney

Favorite Devotion

The rosary/marian devotion

Vocation Story

I first felt called by God to the seminary as a junior in college, shortly after converting to the faith from my baptist upbringing, however, being new to the faith and still in the midst of completing my degree in pharmacy, I felt that it was not the right time to change the course I was on and that this call needed some time to mature. Throughout the remainder of my studies and on into my first career as a pharmacist, the desire to give of myself in an unfettered, radical way continued to grow until I reached a point that I realized that my line of work in healthcare wasn’t going to satisfy the desire God had placed in my heart back in college. Seeking an answer to that desire was more important for my life and so I chose to resign from pharmacy practice and begin the journey of discerning whether this desire I first felt as a neophyte was truly a call from God to be a priest of Jesus Christ. I am confident that I am where God wants me to be at this point in my discernment and I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity as well as the generous support and prayers of everyone that has afforded me this time to devote to growing deeper in love for God and His Church.

Priest Aspirations

The privilege to serve as God’s minister, through the sacraments, to the people of God in the most significant moments in life.

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

Seminary life is filled with so many great moments, as one can imagine when surrounded by gentlemen on fire for the Lord and striving to live life as it was intended. I would say my favorite memory/memories is simply the countless little encounters and conversations with the guys I’ve grown to love as brother seminarians. It is in those moments that I am reminded of the words of St. Paul, that we have treasure in these earthen vessels that God so desires to send us out to share with the world.

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

For humility, courage, and patience, that I may be free to submit myself to God’s will for my life.
For protection from the attacks of Satan.
For blessings on all of my family.