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 Apostle Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Santa Ana

Undergraduate

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

Languages

English, Malayalam, some Spanish

Hobbies

Painting, hiking, biking, traveling, driving, dialogue, thinking...

Tidbit

I can read Aramaic (I couldn't tell you what I am reading, though)

Favorite Saint

St. Joseph is my patron saint, but probably one of my favorite saints is St. Rafqa

Favorite Devotion

I have a particular affinity for the Divine Mercy and the Stations of the Cross

Vocation Story

My vocation story is an unfinished work of the Divine Author…and that is okay! He convinced me to enter the seminary after a cascade of events, experiences, and inspirations. I had the desire to give of myself to something greater than myself since I was very young, but I did not know what that was. It wasn’t until I attended a retreat in high school that I began to fall in love with Christ, the true lover of my soul. In the pursuit of a personal relationship with Him, I contemplated a religious vocation. However, I was stubborn; I demanded complete conviction before I would enter. While maturing in my faith in college, I realized I reached the limits of my discernment outside the seminary and I needed to take a leap of faith.

Priest Aspirations

I am excited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and be a conduit of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

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

Please pray that the seminarians make a healthy and prayerful discernment!