Current Seminarians

Thomas Danner

Diocese of Rockford, Illinois


May 28

Ordination Year


Home Town

St. Charles

Home Parish

St. Patrick, St. Charles


Aurora University (B. A. Music)




Playing the piano, running, biking, reading, fishing. I like birds too.


I caught a 41 inch musky in the pouring rain on a big yellow spinnerbait.

Favorite Saint

St. John Vianney

Favorite Devotion

The rosary

Vocation Story

I have felt a call to the priesthood since early in high school. I talked a lot with Fr. Manno about this before I entered college, and I even made a visit to a college seminary. I decided to go to regular college, because I did not quite feel ready for seminary. After a few years in college, I still felt the call. I contacted Fr. Manno again, because he was now the vocation director. We met up quite a few times. I really felt drawn to the priesthood, and I felt so much peace when considering this lifestyle. I spent a lot of time in adoration during my last year in college, and this definitely helped my discernment.

Priest Aspirations

I look forward to walking with people in their journey of faith, and doing anything that I can to help them reach heaven.

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

I went on a camping trip with the seminarians before school started, and there was a big storm and I thought our tent was going to fall down!

Anything Else

I have seven siblings!

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

Pray that I may be able to have a completely open mind during seminary, and be ready to do anything that will help me become a better servant.