Current Seminarians

Johnathan Johnson

Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Birthday

February 13

Ordination Year

2020

Home Town

Portland, MI

Home Parish

St. Patrick

Undergraduate

Michigan State University (2012, B.A. in Accounting)

Previous Career

Online Product Manager at the Michigan State Surplus Store

Languages

English and a little Spanish and even littler German

Hobbies

I enjoy Sports playing and watching, traveling, and reading

Tidbit

I can touch my tongue to my nose

Favorite Saint

St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Gemma Galgani

Favorite Devotion

I have a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary

Vocation Story

I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic school from K-12th grade. I remember my first calling was when I told my 4th grade teacher that I wanted to be a priest, and then I began to altar serving. Then in middle school I feel away from my faith, putting girls and sports ahead of my faith life. I went to college and started dating a girl for 3 years, and was actually engaged to be married. Things ended abruptly, but as I now see for the best! During my time of dating my best friend joined seminary (see Michael Steffes). I saw a transformation in him that I wanted and desired. So, I went back to Church and joined a Men’s Group at Michigan State as well as a discernment group. The discernment group started as a plan to just learn about priesthood, but little did I know I would end up leading that group. I started going on retreats and attending daily Mass so I could maybe run into this girl I had a crush on, but a transformation was taking place. After some strong moments of God’s presence to me in Eucharistic Adoration, I decided to visit the Seminary. I attended the Exploring Priesthood Weekend in October 2013 where the call was made very clear. I finished an internship that next March in accounting as my last effort to see if accounting was for me. It was a great internship but still left me wanting more. So, I applied and started at USML in August 2014. Two years later of Philosophy later, I am still here, and discerning God’s will for me!

Priest Aspirations

Easily the people.

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

I enjoy the basketball tournament every year. There is something about having 300 seminarians in one place. The most memorable would have to be attending the Evening Prayer Tribute to Cardinal George after his passing, and seeing the emotion, love, and joy for a great figure of Chicago at Holy Name. The most surprising is how wonderful everyone is. I always assumed these would just be Churchy, stick-in-the-mud people, but we have a lot of fun here at Mundelein!

Anything Else

GO GREEN! GO WHITE! GO STATE!

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

Please pray for an expansive heart to love more deeply