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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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Exploring Priesthood
Monthly Discernment Opportunities

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 next  gathering will take place at St. Stephen Parish  beginning at 12:30PM on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022.  Future dates are Mar.13, April 24, May 15, 2022.  Lunch will be provided, please RSVP to  Pattie Reynolds at   Additional Questions, email Fr. Stephen Durkee.

Vianney Visit - Life in the Seminary

On November 18, 2021 Fr. Durkee took a group of young men that are discerning the priesthood to visit the St. John Vianney College Seminary on the  Campus of the University of St. Thomas.  These young men had a chance to spend a few days in the life of a seminarian and to talk to and ask questions to not only the seminarians from the Diocese of Grand Rapids but other seminarians that attend SJV.  This visit is a yearly event every November.  If you have an interest in 2022 please contact the Office of Priestly Vocations to inquire more.

Priesthood Ordination of Noah Thelen

With great joy we congratulate newly ordained Father Noah Thelen.  Noah was ordained to the priesthood on June 5th 2021.

Click here to see photos from his ordination.

Watch Bishop Walkowiak’s Homily



Transitional Diaconate Ordination

Congratulations to Dcn. David Jameson, Dcn. David Sacha and Dcn. Logan Weber.  May God continue to bless you!

Transitional Diaconate Ordination
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