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Ryan Mann

Birth Date

February 9, 1999

Parish Location

St. Columba, Ottawa

Year entered the Seminary/Class of

Entered in 2017, Class of 2025

Studying at
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, MN

Why did you become a seminarian?

I first felt that I might be called to the priesthood during my freshman year of high school. I was opposed to the notion at first; however, through prayer, the witness of various priests that I have encountered, retreats such as Teens Encounter Christ and Emmaus Days, and a day working with the Little Sisters of the Poor, I became resolutely determined to discern my vocation and to follow God’s will for my life, whatever it may be. By the time my senior year arrived, one thing was clear: God was calling me to continue discerning my vocation as a seminarian.

Before you entered the seminary, what were you doing?

I was a high school student at Marquette Academy in Ottawa.

An interesting fact about you

I shot archery competitively for several years during elementary and high school. I won several state titles and competed at nationals twice.

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