Mr. Oliver Coughlin

Year in Formation

Theology 1

Home Parish

St. John the Baptist


October 18th


St. John's Seminary

Career of Interest Before

Legal Services

Favorite Marian Apparition

Our Lady of Fatima

Favorite Music Genre

Folk Rock


I was born in Orange County on October 18, 1990 and raised in Villa Park. I am the second of seven siblings. I attended Servite High School; the University of California, Los Angeles; and Notre Dame. I am currently enrolled at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo to study Philosophy and Theology

What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

Time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament; the example of holy priests I’ve met in my life.

Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?

My college friends and roommates played a decisive role in my discernment–they encouraged me to pray and frequent the sacraments.

Describe the moment that you knew you wanted to take the next steps to become a priest?

I experienced a renewed desire to apply to the seminary during the first months of the coronavirus while praying before the Blessed Sacrament.