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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
St. Patrick 
Parnell, MI

Lani & Jay Brown
Amber Brown
Ferris State University
Kent Career Tech Center
Lowell HS
Hiking, disc golf, playing guitar, reading and magic tricks.

Who inspired you to be a priest?
There are a few priests I would love to mention who have been influential in my life but I would have to say Fr. Mark Bauer.  His love and reverence for the mass and our faith has been inspiring over the years.

Why do you want to be a priest?
To answer God’s call to serve and love Him with all my mind, heart, and soul.  I feel drawn to share God’s love and the sacraments which has been such a blessing to me. “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You” (St. Augustine).

What are you most grateful for?
For the first silent retreat I went on while attending Ferris State University in 2019. This retreat was a converting moment which sparked my discernment journey and a genuine love of God.

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

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