Current Seminarians

Tom Heathershaw

Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa


April 10

Ordination Year


Home Town

Waterloo, IA

Home Parish

St. Edward


University of Northern Iowa (2013, Religious Studies)




Iowa Hawkeye football and Chicago Cubs baseball.


I am named after Thomas Merton

Favorite Saint

Saint John Paul II

Vocation Story

I would say the seed was first planted when I heard my pastor give a homily about vocations when I was in 5th grade. I never gave it much serious thought at first, but it led me to ask questions about the priesthood and as I learned more about it and discernment it became more of a serious idea. As I entered high school the calling started to grow and I knew God was calling me to enter seminary.

Priest Aspirations

Being a pastor to people and bringing Jesus to them in their lives.

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

I enjoyed my time at the March for Life in Washington DC (January 2016) during the Snowpocalypse.

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

Just keep all seminarians in their daily prayer and pray that we imitate the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our ministry.