Current Seminarians

Paul Porter

Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia


June 13

Ordination Year


Home Town


Home Parish

Saint Ann


Georgia Southern University (Broadcasting with a minor in Public Relations)

Previous Career



English and Spanish


I enjoy reading, golfing, basketball, hiking, shooting, and I have a great interest in history.


Up until a year before seminary, I didn't even realize seminaries existed. I thought the priesthood was just another option for retirement.

Favorite Saint

Besides our Blessed Mother, Saint Therese of Lisieux has become increasingly important to me. Her constant prayers for priest in her lifetime and now have helped me immensely at different times in my life.

Vocation Story

To make a long story short, I fought God and God won. It was a winner-take-all fight.

And to anyone discerning a vocation to the priesthood, your focus should not be on becoming or not becoming a priest, but rather on the will of God. It was too hard for me, as I was discerning, to admit that I might be interested in the priesthood, but thankfully I was capable of asking God for help. I just prayed every day that I would want what He wanted for my life and eventually I did.

Priest Aspirations

Like a new Dad who has just had his first child, it will finally be my time to lead my family as a father.

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

The most surprising part about Mundelein and seminary in general is how much we travel. I never expected to see so much of the world as a seminarian.