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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 Jacob Zemaitis






Third Theology

St. Joseph Parish
Wright, MI

Mark and Marilyn Zemaitis

Laura and Daniel

Coopersville High School
University of St. Thomas – St. John Vianney College Seminary
University of St. Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary

Jacob enjoys playing tennis, camping, backpacking and spending time with friends.

Who inspired you to be a priest? 
Fr. Matthew Barnum in his love of the Church, along with Fr. Schumaker through his dedication to his parish community.

Why do you want to be a priest? 

Simply put, I felt the call and I love God. Moreover, as a man, I have a desire to give my life to the service of something much larger than myself and I can’t think of anything I’d rather offer than that to Christ’s bride the Church.

What do you love th
e most about seminary?
Seminary has given me the chance to discover a lot more about myself that I wouldn’t have otherwise known. It’s been an opportunity to discover my identity as a beloved son and encounter some incredible people and experiences. 

What are you
most grateful for? 
As a baptized Christian, the opportunity to participate in Christ’s same mission two thousand years later.
Write to Jacob at:
USML/Mundelein Seminary
1000 East Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
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