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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.”

Making a gift of myself.

May 2023 Making a gift of myself: From the introspection of formation to offering the Eucharist By Deacon Jacob Zemaitis When I was studying at Grand Valley State University, my dad told me something that I haven’t forgotten. While I…

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‘Really? You too?’

'Really? You too?'November 2022 Picture on left: Childhood friends Father Colin and Father Stephen began their journey to priesthood at a youth conference. Grateful for friendship and a shared vocation, I was sitting in a gymnasium filled with more than…

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The Power of Prayer!

‘A lesson in the power of prayer’ September 2022 Last month I wrote about Father Mark Bauer and how he helped me in my journey toward the priesthood. In that article, I told the story of a woman I encountered…

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God’s Messenger

God’s messengers July/August Faith Magazine It was a typical summer day at D&W Fresh Market in Caledonia. Since I was only 17 at the time, I worked most often as a service clerk or, more colloquially, a “bagger boy.” That…

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