Current Seminarians

John DePalma

Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington


April 25

Ordination Year


Home Town

Seattle, WA

Home Parish

Blessed Sacrament


Eastern Washington University, University of Washington (Human Biology, Physical Therapy)

Graduate Degree


Previous Career

Physical Therapy


English and Spanish


Kayaking, running, cycling, hiking, surfing, cooking.


I used to breakdance in high school

Favorite Saint

Saint Sebastian

Favorite Devotion

Divine Mercy

Vocation Story

As a Physical Therapist I have long since held strong appreciation for the need to establish a strong level of trust with others in order for their process of physical healing to unfold. After being confirmed as an adult (through the RCIA process) I felt a gradual tug on my heart towards the question of whether I was being called to the priesthood. At the time I was traveling internationally for kayak related competition, and began to make pilgrimages to places like Fatima, Lourdes, Medjugorje, and Rome in conjunction with various competitions. I also began participate in whatever ministry had need within my parish, and realized that I am the happiest when I am serving others in a spiritual capacity. Little by little I discerned my way through religious life and into seminary for the Archdiocese of Seattle, and it has been a wonderful adventure over the past several years!

Priest Aspirations

The privilege of accompanying others in their faith journey

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

My favorite story of life has been meeting Reverend Carlos Rodriguez, who also worked as a Physical Therapist prior to his priestly formation and ordination.

Anything Else

Although I typically observe a low fat, low carb, low meat diet, I can still cook a very good chicken and zucchini fettuccine!

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

Please pray for me to continue on the path that has been set before me.