Nathan Ribb

Boise Seminarian


Seminarian Nathan Ribb

c/o St. Paul Seminary

2260 Summit Ave

St. Paul, MN 55105-1094



April 11

My name is Nathan Ribb and I was born and raised in Fresno, CA. I have three ​siblings. I attended St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Elementary School and Edison ​Public High School.

It was during my public high school experience that I realized that not everyone ​believed in God. I found that I was in a very small minority. That challenged me ​to deepen my faith; I wanted to defend it. I started pursuing the faith in my junior ​year after a deeper conversion and a desire to change my life. I began attending ​daily Mass and praying the Rosary. That led me to think about Priesthood. When ​parishioners at Mass would ask me if I was discerning, I would deny it. I kept ​pushing seminary out of my thoughts but it would not leave me alone. After high ​school graduation, I enrolled in Cal State-Fresno’s pre-nursing program for two ​years. During the summer of 2020, I began a study of eschatology which is the ​theology of death, judgment, and the final state of the soul. That is when a switch ​was flipped. I came to the realization that many people may not know the plan of ​salvation. In a moment of great grace, I understood that if God could use me as an ​instrument to bring at least one soul to Him, it would be worth it to me.

My family relocated to Boise in the summer 2021. I had visited Idaho several times ​prior to our move and I was impressed with Bishop Peter Christensen, Vocations ​Director Father Nathan Dail and all the seminarians here. It just has a different feel ​than Fresno. It seems like a lot of the people in Idaho really live out their faith.

I graduated from Bishop White Seminary on the Gonzaga Campus in May of 2024 ​with my undergraduate degree. I am currently assigned to work in Lourdes, ​France for the summer of 2024 and I will attend St. Paul Seminary in Minneapolis, ​MN this fall enrolled in Theology I classes.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano and hiking.