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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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College IV
St. John Vianney
Wyoming, MI

Dennis & Mary Shamblin
University of St. Thomas
St. John Vianney Seminary
Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Bowling, fishing, going to baseball and hockey games.

Who inspired you to be a priest?
Fr. Mike Alber through his deep devotion to the sacraments and Fr. Jegar Fickle by his deep love of being a spiritual father to his parishioners.

Why do you want to be a priest?
I want to be a priest so I can ultimately draw people closer to God and to be a spiritual father to those I would serve.

What do you love most about seminary?
What I love most about the seminary is the brothers I have. We are all men striving for the same good doing the same things together, whether that be our times of prayer as a house to being fun and playing football together. We are all doing it out of the love for each other and the Lord.

What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my parents who have supported me in this journey as well as the parishioners of St. John Vianney who have helped me to get to where I am today.

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