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Current Seminarians

Steven Caraher

Diocese of Gary, Indiana

Ordination Year

2024

Home Town

Munster, IN

Home Parish

St. Thomas More

Undergraduate

Indiana University - Bloomington (Mathematics & Computer Science)

Hobbies

Theatre and Cinematography

Tidbit

I'm currently writing a murder mystery musical with some friends back at home.

Favorite Saint

St. John Paul II

Vocation Story

I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t feel at least a slight attraction to the priesthood. When I was a child attending St. Thomas More elementary and middle school, I remember being attracted to the external beauty of the priesthood: the colorful vestments, singing and the decked-out church. As I grew in age and understanding of the Faith, I began serving mass at St. Thomas More, and grew more attracted to the sacramental life of the priest; and when people around me started to say that I would make a good priest, I felt a call burning inside of me.

This call crescendoed up to a retreat I attended my junior year of college at Indiana University, where for the first time I expressed my desire to discern the priesthood out loud. From there, dominos began to fall into place. I joined a discernment group through the campus ministry, where I read “To Save a Thousand Souls,” which really made it clear to me that I had to enter seminary to seriously discern if God was calling me to be a priest. And now, my journey towards unveiling that call continues.

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

Pray that my heart and the hearts of all my brother seminarians may be totally open to God’s Will.