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2023 Gala Speaker Announced!


We’re excited to announce the keynote speaker for our 2023 Gala!

Fr. Ryan Adorjan, a priest of the Diocese of Joliet In Illinois and the Head of School Operations at Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family, will join us on May 20th at The Embassy Suites in Cool Springs. 

Learn more about the Gala here.

Father Ryan Adorjan

Fr. Ryan Adorjan is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois. Fr. Ryan studied English with an emphasis in writing and Secondary Education at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois 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 St. Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary, where he earned a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology and Master’s Degree in Divinity. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 2018.

Fr. Ryan graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in May of 2020. Catholic Studies, like a Chesterton education, examines the impact of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ on human thought and culture through an interdisciplinary approach. 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.”

Fr. Ryan has a great love for Arts and Culture, and is a dedicated patron of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. He is a Priest Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Fr. Ryan is currently in residence at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Naperville, Illinois and is the Head of School Operations at Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family in Lisle.

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