Current Seminarians

James Olofson

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Birthday

June 7

Ordination Year

2018

Home Town

Roselle, IL

Home Parish

St. Walter

Undergraduate

University of St. Thomas (2014, Philosophy and Catholic Studies)

Languages

English and Spanish

Hobbies

I enjoy fishing, playing the saxophone, watching White Sox baseball and Fighting Illini football and basketball, and going out with friends.

Tidbit

I was voted Homecoming King my senior year of high school.

Favorite Saint

St. John the Baptist

Vocation Story

I grew up in a Catholic family, going to Mass every Sunday and attending Catholic schools my whole life. But as a child, the faith did not interest me a ton, it was just something that we did. The first thoughts of the priesthood came in junior high, when a newly ordained priest was assigned to my parish, Fr. Dennis Spies. He taught me how to serve Mass and his joyful witness really inspired me. I wanted the same passion that he had, but I didn’t necessarily want to be a priest. But his witness and encouragement proved very influential in my discernment. In high school, I got very involved with the youth group at my parish, where I met incredible friends and my faith became my own. I started to pray more often, I enjoyed going to Mass, and I just loved being Catholic. It was during this time that the thoughts of the priesthood really surfaced, and they just kept growing and growing. I was rather afraid of what was going on, but I knew that if this was truly from the Lord, there would be great joy and peace, similar to those great retreat experiences I had in the youth group. And eventually, I knew I had to do something, so I applied my senior year of high school. I spent 4 years at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and now I am here at Mundelein.

Priest Aspirations

Celebrating the Mass, preaching, and working with young people.

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

Pray that the hearts of the men here are formed so that they can fully embrace the life of chaste celibacy. This call is so contrary to the culture of our world today, and so much grace and purification is necessary to live it out fully.