Father Ryan M. Adorjan, S.T.B., M.Div., C.S.M.A., is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois. He is the parochial vicar at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville, Illinois and is the chaplain and instructor of theology at Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family, a classical, Catholic high school in Lisle, Illinois. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary, teaching courses in the dual sources of revelation and Christian anthropology.
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. After ordination, he was assigned as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus and Sacred Heart Parish in Joliet.
Fr. Ryan graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Catholic Studies (CSMA) from the University of St. Thomas in May of 2020. His research centered on the relationship between Catholic anthropology, the Christian spiritual life, and the modern trends of nihilism and individualism as they are compounded by digital technology. This research culminated in his Master’s Essay, entitled “The Christian ‘Yes’ and the Defeat of Nihilism in the Digital Age.”
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.
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. His 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.
Father Ryan has a great love for arts and culture, and is a dedicated patron of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.
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