Current Seminarians

Samuel McCarty

Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin


January 8

Ordination Year


Home Town

Wausau, WI

Home Parish

St. Michael


University of St. Thomas (2015, Philosophy, Catholic Studies, Classical Languages)


English, some Spanish


I like sports, camping, playing guitar, hanging out with friends.


I'm currently brewing kombucha in my room here at Mundelein.

Favorite Saint

My confirmation saint is Augustine, and I really like John Paul II and Therese of Lisieux as well.

Vocation Story

My vocation began at home. My parents passed on the faith to me and I was convinced that it was the most important aspect of my life. After high school, I wanted to give my life totally to God and so decided to follow the call I had been feeling for some time to enter the seminary. I felt a lot of peace and joy in this decision. In my time as a seminarian there have been moments of trial and many graces, and through these the Lord has continued to reaffirm my call to the priesthood.  I can’t wait to conformed to Jesus in a new way in only a few months.

Priest Aspirations

I look forward to being a teacher and healer as a priest – primarily through preaching and through celebrating the sacraments.

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

I’ve been very blessed with friends while here at Mundelein – I’m often surprised at how good these sometimes strange people really are.

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

Please pray that I will be a joyful and charitable priest.