Current Seminarians

Robert Ernest

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois


August 5

Ordination Year


Home Town

Clarendon Hills, Illinois

Home Parish

Notre Dame


University of St. Thomas (Philosophy)


Golf and cooking

Favorite Saint

Catherine of Siena

Vocation Story

The first time I ever considered the priesthood was during a Sunday Mass late into my freshman year of high school. It was right after I had received Communion, and I was kneeling in the pew watching the priest clean the altar when I was overcome by the beauty of the priesthood. I remember crying in the pew while thinking how amazing it is to be able to serve a parish and consecrate the Eucharist. After that experience I began to pray more seriously about my vocation.

By the time my sophomore year in high school began, I had mostly forgotten about the priesthood and was focused on other things. However, it was also this same year when Father Steven Borello was assigned to my parish. Father Steve lived out the qualities that first drew me to the priesthood which led me to reconsider priesthood more seriously.
During my junior year of high school I got more involved at my parish. I started to serve Mass as an emcee which gave me a new love for the Eucharist, the priesthood, and the Mass. That year I also started to attend daily Mass before school. After getting involved in my parish I could never get the priesthood out of my mind. By the end of my junior year I knew was being called to, and wanted to enter seminary.

I attended St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas, where I completed minor seminary from 2014-2018. I am incredibly grateful for all that I received from my four years there, and I am excited to continue my formation here at Mundelein.

Priest Aspirations

I most look forward to accompanying families in the midst of their daily joys and struggles.