Current Seminarians

John Horan

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois


February 20

Ordination Year


Home Town

Naperville, IL

Home Parish

St. Raphael


University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (2012, Spanish)


English and Spanish


I like playing sports and running. My favorite team is the Chicago Cubs. In high school, I spent most of my time in various bands, playing trumpet. I also like camping!


I can lick my elbow.

Favorite Saint

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Vocation Story

I was raised Catholic by my parents, but I never expected to go to seminary or become a priest when I was growing up. While in college I found myself enjoying life in a Catholic dorm and community, and that is when the faith became something special in my life. I grew closer to Jesus in that time, and I started praying about what my life would look like. After a few years, I got involved in Totus Tuus, a Catholic faith camp brought to parishes. It was during that summer that I started thinking and praying about priesthood. I wanted to continue getting to know God and sharing the Catholic faith with others. I also felt invited by God to walk this path and be His representative. A powerful Scripture verse for me in my time of discernment was Mark 6:34 – When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd. – This strikes me when I think of how many people may not know God, and I want to help people to know that we have a very good shepherd!

Priest Aspirations

I am most looking forward to leading people in prayer and accompanying families through life.

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

Please pray for perseverance in the vocation. We all need help with this! Also, please pray for openness to the Holy Spirit. Thanks

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