Current Seminarians

Robbie Cotta

Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia

Birthday

July 10

Ordination Year

2021

Home Town

Alpharetta, GA

Home Parish

St. Brigid Catholic Church

Undergraduate

Georgia Southern University (2013, B.S. Multimedia Communications with a minor in political science)

Previous Career

From high school through undergrad, I worked as a manager at Chick FIl A. In addition, I also worked in the Media Relations department for the Georgia Southern Athletics program

Languages

English, with some proficiency in Spanish as well

Hobbies

I love fishing, powerlifting, and music. I play several instruments, and always enjoy hanging out with friends watching Parks and Rec on Netflix. I also enjoy riding motorcycles with my family whenever I'm back at home in Georgia

Tidbit

Little-known fact is that I earned my black belt in karate at age 13.

Favorite Saint

Though he isn't canonized yet, I'm a big fan of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. I also have a strong devotion to the Little Flower, St. Therese.

Vocation Story

The short version is that I fell in love with the Catholic faith as a little kid. My mom did an incredible job of opening up the faith for me, and I remember being in 2nd or 3rd grade and telling people that I wanted to be a priest when I grew up. I didn’t think that was strange or unique at all at that age. Around age nine, I was particularly drawn to being an altar boy at Mass, and it was there that I first remember feeling strongly called to the priesthood. My faith journey continued through middle school and high school, and I developed a deeper relationship with Christ through programs like Lifeteen at my home parish. In college my faith fell a little bit flat, simply because I was way more interested in having fun with my friends than I was in waking up on Sunday morning to get to Mass.
It was the summer before my final semester of college that I could no longer ignore God’s call. An old friend of mine from my home parish had just graduated from Mundelein Seminary and had been ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and I had the blessing of attending his Mass of Thanksgiving. It was there that I was overcome with God’s presence, and knew that I needed to talk to my vocation director and start looking into entering seminary.
Three years later and I’m now diving into theology here at Mundelein Seminary, and I continue to joyfully grow deeper in Christ’s profound love for me through this amazing call which He’s given me!

Priest Aspirations

I often find myself in times of prayer day-dreaming about what it will be like to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass or to be an instrument of Christ’s Divine Mercy in the confessional. I think I most look forward to hearing confessions and caring for the people of God in their most difficult moments. To be honest, the only part that I don’t really look forward to is the office work that comes with just about any job.

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

I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one, but one of my favorite parts about living here at Mundelein is my cam, the Dogs of 3-North. The community that we have on our hallway has brought incredible joy to my time here at Mundelein, and the fraternity and humor that we share has always helped me to get through some of the tougher days that come during seminary formation. There have been so many great memories with guys from my cam, my class, and especially with my diocesan brothers from Atlanta.

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

By doing just that! PRAYING! Praying deliberately for vocations and for seminarians. I could not imagine living a more joyful, rewarding life than I have in my few years of seminary formation, but it does come with its challenges to be sure. Pray for us that we stay true to the Gospel and may always discern our vocation with purity of heart and mind! We do not come to seminary alone, but with all of the people of God in our Diocese with us in our hearts! Praying for us is the best way to walk with us on this journey!