Current Seminarians

Ryan Nooraee

Diocese of Rockford, Illinois


April 21

Ordination Year


Home Town

Crystal Lake

Home Parish

St. Thomas the Apostle


University of St. Thomas (MN)/ St. John Vianney College Seminary (Philosophy/Catholic Studies)


English/ A little Spanish


Art and Design


I am half Iranian on my father's side and half Irish on my mother's side.

Favorite Saint

St. Therese of Lisieux

Favorite Devotion

The Holy Family and The Sacred Heart

Vocation Story

When I was in high school I went on a retreat with my parish. It was on that retreat that I had my first, real, personal encounter with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. From that moment on I felt a strong desire to devote my life to Him. I did not know what form that would take until the Lord began to point my heart towards the priesthood. I was still in high school, so this was quite intimidating. But the Lord gave me peace, and I followed that peace into seminary! I went to St. John Vianney College Seminary out of high school, and through that time of formation the Lord continued to call me on to the priesthood. So now I am here at Mundelein continuing in formation so that, by the grace and will of God, I will one day be a priest of Jesus Christ!

Priest Aspirations

Offering Mass and hearing Confessions. Probably a common answer, but it’s true!

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

In my third year of college seminary my class got to go on a study-abroad trip to Rome. Unfortunately, that was the time when a certain global pandemic began. So we were exiled back home barely three weeks into the semester. However, the Lord turned that time of great disappointment into a great grace because I stayed at a rectory with a bunch of awesome holy priests and another seminarian who I just watched get ordained. We all grew closer to Christ and to each other trying our best to fumble around in a post COVID world.

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

Please pray for my formation and discernment! The more prayers the better!