skip to Main Content


​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.

Get In Touch

360 Division Ave. S. Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Our Location

map image
Recent News
Exploring Priesthood Discernment Group

Exploring priesthood discernment group is an opportunity for prayer and reflection sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives. The last scheduled gathering before summer will be on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at St. Pius X Parish  beginning at 12:00PM. Lunch will be served so please make sure to contact Pattie Reynolds at to RSVP by noon on Friday, May 14th.   Questions, email Fr. Stephen Durkee.

Welcome - New Seminarian

We are happy to welcome a new seminarian to the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  Please pray for Daniel Allan who has began his studies at the University of St. Thomas, St. John Vianney Seminary on Feb. 1.  Daniel and his family attend St. Sebastian Parish in Byron Center.  God bless you Daniel!

Formation into the Wilderness

Two of our Grand Rapids seminarians Andre Klaes and Luke Mulderink joined 9 other seminarians from St. John Vianney Seminary for a hiking experience into the wilderness of Wyoming.  You can read all about it in the Vianney News at this link: Formation in the Wilderness.

Congratulation Deacon Noah!

With great joy we congratulate newly ordained Deacon Noah Thelen.  Noah was ordained as a transitional deacon on May 16th, 2020.

Click here to see photos from his ordination.

Watch Bishop Walkowiak’s Homily

Fr. Stephen's Scoreboard

Blog from the Office of Vocations

Good Priests Are Good Shepherds

May 6, 2021

“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy.” (Lk 15:4-5)

Read More Here


Back To Top