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Current Seminarians

Joby Joseph

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago

Birthday

April 18

Ordination Year

2021

Home Town

Los Angeles, CA

Home Parish

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Santa Ana, CA

Undergraduate

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): B.A. Psychology, B.A. Study of Religion (2015, B.A. Psychology, B.A. Study of Religion)

Graduate Degree

University of St. Mary of the Lake (USML): M.A. Philosophy and Religion

Languages

English, Malayalam

Hobbies

Hiking, traveling, biking, painting, conversing

Favorite Saint

St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Edith Stein

Vocation Story

I was a sophomore in high school when I fell in love with Jesus. In growing in my relationship with him, I slowly began to love his Church more and more. While in high school, I honestly asked Jesus what his will was for me. Through prayer, I believed he was inviting me into the seminary and to serve his people as an ordained priest. However, I was afraid to take such a bold step. I “used” college to get more time and clarity, but by my junior year I surrendered! I trusted he would guide me even though I did not have absolute certainty of what the future held. I entered Mundelein Seminary the fall after my college graduation. I have no regrets. As I continue to follow his call, I understand more deeply God’s fidelity to me.

Priest Aspirations

I hope to become a holy priest and bring many souls to Jesus.

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