Current Seminarians

Kevin Ripley

Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin

Ordination Year

2020

Home Town

Pulaski, WI

Home Parish

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Undergraduate

UW-Madison (2014, Mechanical Engineering)

Languages

English, Spanish

Hobbies

Bowling, exercise, peace and justice ministry, reading

Tidbit

I was on a rowing team

Favorite Saint

Saint Therese of Lisieux

Vocation Story

I had thought about the priesthood while in Catholic elementary school, but I soon became interested in architecture, which would later turn into engineering. My family was very important in raising me in the Faith. I was in my parish youth group later in middle school through high school and went on a number of great retreats, but my life was split among school and sports, family, God, and sin. A key to bringing everything together was Christian community, which I experienced now and then with the youth group and retreats, but upon entering college found a great Catholic community on campus. Over time, as I grew greatly in faith and drew closer to the heart of Jesus, I began to ask myself a different question for life: not what I want to do for a career, but what is my vocation? God, what do you want for me, for that is what will bring me the greatest joy. God slowly guided me in the direction of the priesthood through various events and people in my life and through time of quiet prayer with Him. After graduating, I was accepted into my home diocese for formation and to Mundelein, which is confirmation that I am on the right path.

Priest Aspirations

Celebrating wedding Masses

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

I greatly enjoy the annual seminarian Christmas party, with the full display of seminarian talent and humor.

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

Please pray that I may receive the grace to recognize the will of God first and foremost in daily life.