Current Seminarians

Michael Groth

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois


August 23

Ordination Year


Home Town

Bourbonnais, IL

Home Parish

St. John Paul II, Kankakee, IL


University of St. Thomas (2016, Philosophy, Catholic Studies)

Previous Career

Maintenance at the parish, carwash


English and some Spanish


Outdoors, camping, hockey, baseball


I'm an only child

Favorite Saint

St. John Paul II

Favorite Devotion

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Vocation Story

I was drawn to the priesthood in a gradual process: In third grade at St. Martin of Tours grade school, Sr. Rose Urbanczyk, MSF told me I was going to be a priest and Fr. Dennis Settles, my pastor at the time, began to show me the insides of the priesthood. One concrete way this was done was by asking me to begin altar serving in third grade.
In high school, I was able to continue serving and getting to know the priesthood in a tangible way. Fr. Mario Quejadas became my pastor when Fr. Settles retired. Fr. Mario gave me an insight into the other end of the life of a priest, which was very attractive. I became heavily involved with campus ministry at Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, going on retreats and leading them.
After high school, I went to community college for 2 years, taking general education classes with an emphasis in accounting, which is what I planned on doing with my life. I was invited by Fr. Mario to go on a mission trip to the Philippines with the Diocese of Joliet. This was a mission trip for college students but accompanying us were Bishop Conlon and Fr. Mario. In the Philippines I learned what love actually is – the giving of oneself, even when you have nothing to give. In the Philippines I learned what service actually is – the giving of oneself, even when you have nothing to give. And this is the blessed life of a priest, ministering to those who are in need, but ministering with what you have received from the Lord. After returning from the mission trip, I applied to the Diocese of Joliet, and entered seminary.

Priest Aspirations

Working with and ministering to families. There is such hurt and pain in our society, and the family is directly under attack.

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

Being an only child, entering seminary I instantly have many, many brothers. In college seminary and here at Mundelein Seminary, there are many brothers. Some of whom you naturally know better than others, but, either way, we all know that we are here for each other.

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

In the words of the newly canonized Saint, St. Teresa of Calcutta, “pray that I might get out of the way of the Lord.”