Current Seminarians

Ryan Adorjan

Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Birthday

May 19

Ordination Year

2018

Home Town

Oswego, Illinois

Home Parish

St. Anne Parish

Undergraduate

University of St. Thomas / St. John Vianney College Seminary (2014, Philosophy and Catholic Studies)

Languages

English, Spanish, French, Italian

Hobbies

Music, writing, reading, public speaking, eating at Chili's

Tidbit

In 8th grade I auditioned for the Oprah Show for a chance to be the "Funniest Kid in America." They gave it to a six year old.

Favorite Saint

St. Claude la Colombiere and St. John XXIII

Favorite Devotion

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Vocation Story

I’ve wanted to be a priest since I was 7 years old. Going to public schools my whole life, it wasn’t “cool” to discern a vocation to the priesthood so the call kind of fell by the wayside. After graduating high school in 2010, I attended North Central College to study English with an emphasis in writing and Secondary Education, hoping to become a high school English teacher. After getting involved with the parish on campus, meeting the priests there, and attending regular Eucharistic Adoration, the call began to come back and eventually Jesus was so persistent that I contacted my vocation director and applied for the seminary. I spent three years at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN before entering theology at Mundelein in the fall of 2014.

Priest Aspirations

Walking with people as they journey through life and helping them to foster and sustain a living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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

A memorable occasion for me was spending a week in Philadelphia, PA on behalf of the Office of Institutional Advancement to attend the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit in September 2015.

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

Please pray that I will remain steadfast in formation, and that I will become a happy, healthy, and holy priest.