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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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360 Division Ave. S. Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Theology III 
Basilica of St. Adalbert
Grand Rapids, MI

Craig and Shannon Leidel
University of St. Thomas
St. John Vianney College Seminary
Homeschool and Sacred Heart Academy
Fr. Samuel, Anne, Mary Claire, Kathleen, John, Virginia, Evelyn, Thomas

Who inspired you to be a priest?
Father Joseph Mary CSJ, in his example of priestly fatherhood, and Father Robert Sirico, in his example as a parish priest and for his constant support. 

Why do you want to be a priest?
Following the example of Christ who loved his flock to the end (Jn 13:1), I wish to unceasingly bring God’s people closer to him through the power of the sacraments. 

What do you love most about the seminary?
The fraternity. I am astounded at how each seminarian brings his own special character in order to build others up. Even though we come from various dioceses, we are all seeking one purpose: to follow Christ more closely in everything we do.  

What are you most grateful for?
The seminary is teaching me how to be Christ for others and to “live by faith in the Son of God” (Gal 2:20)

Write to Charles at:
Mundelein Seminary
1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL  60060
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