Current Seminarians

Robert Ryan

Archdiocese of Chicago


September 8

Ordination Year


Home Town

Antioch, IL

Home Parish

Our Lady of the Lakes


Michigan State University (2007, Advertising)

Graduate Degree

Master of Arts in Philosophy and Religion

Previous Career

Sales and Marketing at Dell Technologies


English and Spanish (un poco)


Camping, Backpacking, Canoeing, S.C.U.B.A. Diving, and Pottery


I am ambidextrous.

Favorite Saint

The Blessed Mother, St. Thérèse the Little Flower, St. John Paul II

Favorite Devotion

I have a strong devotion to praying for the holy souls in purgatory.

Vocation Story

After falling away from my faith in college and adopting a materialistic, corporate America lifestyle, I found myself lost after I was laid off in 2012. After moving back to Antioch and rediscovering my faith through my parents, I went to confession for the first time in over eleven years, where I was shown the Lord’s mercy through the words of the priest as he said, “Welcome home.”

On January 17, 2015, I was attending an Exploring Priesthood Weekend, when, during Eucharistic Adoration in the newly opened St. John Paul II chapel, I finally asked the Lord for some guidance in my life. Then, as if Christ was sitting behind me, I felt what could only be described as a firm brick to the head: I knew in my innermost being that I was being called to be a priest. After answering the Lord with a “yes,” I was filled with an indescribable peace. Eight short months later I was attending Mundelein Seminary.

By God’s will, I will be ordained a priest of Jesus Christ in May 2021. Please pray for me!

Priest Aspirations

I look forward to being an instrument of God’s love and mercy, helping people come to live into their salvation won for them through Jesus Christ, and lived through the Holy Spirit as beloved sons and daughters of God the Father.

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

I have been blessed to be part of an amazing class of men, who will all make great priests one day, God willing. The fellowship and fraternity we share is a gift that we will take with us through our time here at Mundelein and well into our future ministries.

Anything Else

“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Cor 16:13-14

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

Please pray for my vocation, our vocations, for vocations in your diocese, and for our faculty as they continue to form us to be your parish priests.