About Father Ryan

Father Ryan Adorjan is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois. He is the parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus and Sacred Heart parish, both in Joliet. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary.

Father Ryan graduated from Oswego High School in 2010, and studied English with an emphasis in writing and Secondary Education at North Central College before entering St. John Vianney Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from St. Thomas. In 2018, Fr. Ryan completed seminary formation at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary, where he earned a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) and a Master’s degree in Divinity (M.Div.). He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 2018 by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. Fr. Ryan is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

In 2012, Father Ryan founded VianneyMedia, a social media apostolate at St. John Vianney Seminary. He was a member of the team that spearheaded the digital marketing effort at Mundelein Seminary, under the tutelage of then-Father Robert Barron. In 2020, he was appointed to the Livestream Task Force in the Diocese of Joliet.

Father Ryan is a regular speaker in his home diocese and around the country. In 2020, he was the keynote speaker at the Edith Stein Conference at the University of Notre Dame. He most recent parish missions include, “Born in Wonder, Welcoming the Christ”, “Facing Mercy”, and “Jesus University: The Son of God’s School of Life.” He is a contributor to Catholic Bytes and the LoveGoodCulture Blog and is a frequent speaker and retreat master for Saint Paul’s Outreach and the LoveGood Apprentice Program. He currently serves as the chaplain of LoveGoodCulture in Nashville, Tennessee and is a chaplain for FOCUS’ Summer Projects in Estes Park, Colorado. 

Father Ryan possesses a great love for arts and culture. He is a dedicated patron of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and is proud to support the work of LoveGoodCulture, Marc Barnes, and Edmund Mitchell, among others.

Fr. Ryan may be reached at radorjan@straymond.net.

The views expressed on this site are those of Fr. Ryan Adorjan and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Diocese of Joliet or any other entity.