Current Seminarians

Jacob Francois

Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa


June 11

Ordination Year


Home Town

Cedar Rapids, IA

Home Parish

St. Patrick


Benedictine College in Atchison, KS (Philosophy)

Graduate Degree

Ph.L. & M.A. in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow

Previous Career

High School Theology Teache; Campus Minister




Cycling, Skiing, Fishing, and Camping


I have a twin brother and I am dual-national of Luxembourg

Favorite Saint

John Paul the Great

Favorite Devotion

Our Lady of Częstochowa

Vocation Story

I had an incredible encounter in high school when I discovered the true presence in the Eucharist through the mentorship of my high school youth minister. After discerning priesthood in high school, I attended seminary for the Archdiocese of Dubuque for one year after graduation. I then discerned to attend Benedictine College, where I continued my studies in philosophy and theology. After graduation, I taught high school theology in my home diocese and was the youth and young adult minister at my parish in Cedar Rapids, IA. It was when I was back in the Archdiocese of Dubuque that I found myself re-discerning the diocesan priesthood. The call to come home became confirmed when I studied at the Pontifical University in Krakow and re-affiliated with my archdiocese.


Priest Aspirations

Being able to confect the Eucharist and minister to the Christian faithful in their sacramental needs.

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

Pray for more vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.