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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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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.

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 next scheduled gathering will be a virtual event on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 12:00PM.

Please contact Pattie Reynolds at for login information for the virtual meeting. Questions, email Fr. Stephen Durkee

Congratulations to our three new priests: Fr. Michael Goodwin, Fr. Dominic Couturier, and Fr. Daniel Orris 

It is with great joy that our diocese ordained three new priests on June 6, 2020.

Fr. Michael Goodwin is assigned parochial vicar of St. Paul Apostle parish, Grand Rapids.

Fr. Dominic Couturier is assigned parochial vicar of St. Robert of Newminster parish, Ada.

Fr. Daniel Orris is assigned parochial vicar of St. Jude Parish, Grand Rapids.

Click here to see photos from Rite of Ordination for our three new priests!

Watch Bishop Walkowiak’s Homily

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

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