Current Seminarians

Sam Kuttappassery

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago


September 28

Ordination Year


Home Town

Little Ferry, NJ

Home Parish

St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Paterson, NJ


Rutgers University (B.S. in Economics, B.A. in Public Health)

Previous Career

Pharmaceutical Associate


English, Malayalam


Fine Arts, Basketball, Reading

Favorite Saint

St. Pio, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John Bosco

Favorite Devotion

I have a special devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

Vocation Story

From childhood, I grew up in a Catholic family experiencing the love of God through my parents and my sister. I began seriously discerning the call to priesthood at the age of 16. I felt the Lord calling me to be a “fisher of men” just as He called His disciples. It was resonating in my heart and I couldn’t shake it off. After praying on it further, I was more confident in my vocation, but I realized the time wasn’t right.

So I entered Rutgers University, and honestly found it very difficult to balance spiritual life with academics and social life. I chose social life and academics over my spirituality. I quickly became distant from God. However, even in my failure to open my heart to God, the call to priesthood was pulling at my heart through it all. At times, I embraced His invitation, but at other times, I fled from Him because of my attachment to my own will.

After graduation, I began working at a pharmaceutical company in NJ that I was interning with. At age 22, I had felt the peace of God’s voice leading me to priesthood for six years. I don’t believe it is a coincidence that there was a perpetual adoration chapel three minutes from where I worked. I made trips there almost every day during my breaks or after work, and eleven life-changing months later, found myself resigning to join Mundelein seminary! The Lord, present in the Eucharist, through the intercession of Our Lady and all my intercessors, has brought me here today.

Priest Aspirations

Uniting people to Christ through the sacraments, particularly through the Eucharist and Reconciliation

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

3 Hail Mary’s for my holiness and for the holiness of all priests. Thank you!