Rev. Mr. John R. Baab

Fourth Theology

Saint Mary’s Seminary & University
Radford University


I am one of seven children and my parents are still happily married after more than forty years. I was born and raised in Richmond, my parents having grown up in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia. I graduated from JR Tucker High School in 2004 and from Radford University in 2008, studying Business Marketing and Philosophy. I worked in direct marketing for almost four years after college, enjoying it a good deal, before beginning priestly formation in 2012 at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD.

I am joyful and thankful to God firstly for my Christian faith and secondly to be studying for the priesthood and for my beloved Diocese of Richmond. Most things interest me. I love to pray, make pilgrimages and retreats, and read spiritual books. In the academic realm, I am especially interested in literature, philosophy, theology, Sacred Scripture, and the social sciences. I love Basketball, Soccer, and pretty much every other sport. Music is one of my favorite past times and I love reading fiction.