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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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Seminarian Christopher Epplett
Third Theology 
St. Mary 
Spring Lake, MI

Thomas and Mary Epplett

Mundelein Seminary
Aquinas College
Grand Haven High School

Who inspired you to be a priest? 

Fr. Tony Vainavicz, in his leadership, pastoral care, and genuineness, and Fr. John Riccardo, in his mentorship, vision, and drive, both inspired to pursue a calling to the priesthood. Fr. Tony was my first pastor and Fr. John was my most recent, but I was inspired by many priests in btween.

Why do you want to be a priest? 

God has a plan for my life and, over time, he has shown me the vocation of priesthood. I want to follow God’s will and let that work out through priestly ministry in my life.

What do you love the most about seminary? 

The opportunity to pray, reflect, and prepare. I see the seminary as sort of sabbatical. I was pulled away from 11 years of parish ministry to enter seminary and God is using this time to give me rest while preparing me in a new way to go back into parish life.

What are you most grateful for?

God’s providence and never-ending, unfailing faithfulness.

Write to Christopher at:
Mundelein Seminary
1000 East Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
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