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​Welcome to the website for the Office of Priestly Vocations of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI. This year twenty-five men from our diocese will be in seminary formation programs in preparation for ordination, seven of whom are new to formation. Thirteen of these men are at St. John Vianney College Seminary and twelve are at USML/Mundelein Seminary.

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June 5, 2021

A seminarian prepares for priesthood

There are a few common questions I have received since I began telling people I was going to the seminary, such as, “What did you do before seminary? What did you study?” Invariably, when I tell them I studied finance and economics, people reply with something like, “I’m sure that will really help you as a priest.”

Bus Ride To St. John Vianney Seminary

A Pivotal Weekend

January/February 2022 A Pivotal Weekend...the Vianney Visit helps young men discern whether seminary is right for them by Fr. Stephen Durkee. “May I use your pen?” I asked nervously to the lady seated next to me in the airport. I…

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The Eucharist

A Fresh Incarnation

December 2021 A fresh Incarnation Father Stephen Durkee is director of priestly vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. One of my favorite prayers at Mass is probably one most of us never hear. It is one of those…

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Making God Your #1

Pope Francis has declared 2021 the year of St. Joseph. In his apostolic letter Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis explains the role of chastity in St. Joseph’s vocational call as the husband of Mary and the father…

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