Current Seminarians

Justin Ramza

Diocese of Peoria, Illinois


May 19

Ordination Year


Home Town

Streator, IL

Home Parish

St John the Baptist Church, Rapids City, IL


Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (BA in Theology, minor in Philosophy and German)

Graduate Degree

MA in Systematic Theology; MD in medicine

Previous Career



English, German


Eastern Christianity (Catholicism and Orthodox ecumenism), Aikido, Aikijujitsu, DOGS


I love dogs! I once had my own canine league of nations, with a Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, and Newfoundland.

Favorite Saint

St. Luke, the physician evangelist; St Justin Martyr, St Justin deJacobis, St. Joseph

Favorite Devotion

Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola

Vocation Story

I was interested in the priesthood from a very young age, and first studied for the Peoria Diocese in 1988, as a seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD. I took a leave of absence during my diaconate year, and taught high school. With guidance from my brother, a cardiologist, I applied to, and was accepted into, medical school at the University of Illinois. I would practice medicine (Anesthesiology and Pain Management) for almost 25 years in the Rockford, IL area, until I would again feel the unmistakable draw to return and complete my seminary studies, this time, with a more refined internal compass and deeper sense of spiritual maturity. After almost 2 years of prayer and discernment, I applied to Peoria once again, which graciously accepted me.

Priest Aspirations

Walking the ever-unpredictable journey with our Lord.

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

Over the years, I have learned to never turn down help, from any source. All prayers are greatly appreciated.