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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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Seminarian Dcn. Nick Baker 2023

Theology IV
St. Sebastian 
Byron Center, MI

Todd and Lisa Baker
Siblings: Kurtis, Morgan
University of St. Thomas
St. John Vianney College Seminary
Belmont University
Byron Center Public Schools
Nick is involved with Praise and Worship bands and plays the jazz saxophone.  He also enjoys reading, teaching, and helping out at youth group.

Who inspired you to be a priest?
My Pastor, Msgr. Bill Duncan, inspired me to consider a vocation to the priesthood. Msgr. Duncan is a man of deep prayer and he radiates a contagious joy in knowing Jesus Christ. It was through this joy that I was able to see the beauty of the priesthood.

Why do you want to be a priest?
I want to be a priest because through prayer, God has revealed that He is calling me to this vocation. I know that following the Will of God will give God the most glory and it will also bring me the most fulfillment in life.

What do you love the most about seminary?
In seminary I have really loved the brotherhood. It is a joy to be drawing closer to the Lord with over 100 guys doing the same. God has created us all differently, but we all have the goal of being “Men in Christ, men of the Church, and men for others”.

What are you most grateful for?
I am grateful for the seminary teaching me how to pray and directing me in having a deeper relationship with the Living God.  

Write to Nick in care of:
Mundelein Seminary
1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
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