Current Seminarians

Michael James

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago


July 15

Ordination Year


Home Town

Parsippany, NJ

Home Parish

St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Paterson, NJ


Caldwell University (B.A. in Biology)

Previous Career

Laboratory Coordinator


Music, Badminton and Reading

Favorite Saint

St. John Paul II, St. Padre Pio, St. Rita of Cascia

Favorite Devotion

I have a devotion to the Holy Family

Vocation Story

Right before entering college, I attended a Syro-Malabar Regional Youth Conference. It was during this conference (specifically during Eucharistic Adoration) that I felt the Lord inviting me to discern priesthood. I even remember how I afraid I was when I received this invitation. I thought to myself that there was no way I could be a priest, let alone a good one. Seeing the priesthood as such a holy vocation, it was hard to imagine how God could be calling me—a broken, sinful person—to be His priest. Yet, even with this lingering doubt, I still felt within the depths of my heart that God was calling me to be a priest. So, after college, I decided to submit my application to Mundelein Seminary!
I would be lying if I said the journey thus far has been easy. But, my time at seminary has nevertheless been a blessing! Perhaps one of the biggest consolations that I’ve received is knowing that we are not defined by our brokenness. If anything, our brokenness can serve as vessels of transformation.

Priest Aspirations

To bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus, particularly through the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation.

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

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be  — that I may grow in humility and charity.