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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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College II
Blessed Sacrament

Grand Rapids, MI

Sean & Lily McGavin

Keenan, Ryan, Tristian, Darren

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids Catholic Central HS
All Saints Academy

Landscaping, training for Triathlons, and drumming.

Who inspired you to be a priest?
I think I owe a lot of thanks to the Dominican Friars in Grand Rapids at Aquinas College and Catholic Central H.S. who have given me quite a lot of inspiration to become a priest. I’ve seen, through Fr. Doug Greer, OP, the late Stan Drongowski, OP, and Fr. Bob Keller, OP, that being a priest can be a life filled with adventure and joy. Additionally, my long-time pastor, Fr. George Darling, has been a consistent source of inspiration and a helpful guide in my discernment to the seminary.

Why do you want to be a priest?
Simply put, I want to be a priest because I think that God may want me to be a priest. I am confident that whatever vocation God has created me for, I will most fully flourish pursuing exactly that. Also, I know that there is no objective in life more important to anyone than that of living for Christ. Ultimately, our only goal is to be a saint, and if my vocation as a priest is aimed at helping others achieve that goal, then what else could I ever want to do?!

What do you love the most about seminary?
So far, I think my favorite part about seminary has been learning to live a life of greater virtue with other young men who are dedicated to following God’s will for their lives. The daily holy hours and daily Masses have been so life giving as well as the time spent with my fellow seminarians playing ultimate frisbee, going to class or the gym, or watching the Lions.

What are you most grateful for?
Being far away from home for an extended time for the first time ever has made me realize how much I love my whole family. Without a doubt, I can say that I am most grateful for them, they have always been there to support me. I am also incredibly grateful for the education that I have received. Being blessed with a Catholic school education my whole life, I am as sure as can be that I would not be here in the seminary without having attended All Saints Academy, Catholic Central High School and most recently my freshman year at Aquinas College.

Write to Aiden at:
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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