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Disciples on the Way to Priesthood

Right now at this very moment there is so much Good News coming forth from the Catholic Church that needs to be proclaimed. Something powerful is happening in the Diocese of Green Bay and in the greater church. It must be told that we are witnessing a "renewal" and a "revival" in all areas of the faith.

In our own country, 48,000 high school students met the Holy Spirit at Steubenville prayer conferences. In our own diocese, hundreds of young people attended Camp Tekakwitha, or a Totus Tuus summer camp, or Catholic Youth Expeditions (CYE), or went on mission trips. The parishes themselves are growing in holiness, becoming fully engaged, and are more fully alive in Christ Jesus.

The greatest need in the Church today for the sake of this renewal is committed discipleship. Our seminarians are striving to live a life of committed discipleship in a radical way; one that is unpopular.

With more committed disciples, we will witness a rise in vocations to the priesthood. We need priests to help rebuild the soul of the church according to the Holy Spirit rather than the Spirit of the World. Our seminarians want to help rebuild God's church by forming parishes that are schools of prayer rather than schools of ten thousand activities. Pope Francis spoke beautifully of the call for disciples to beware of the Spirit of the World:

"But they are those who think following Jesus is a career. . . . Following Jesus is . . . going with him out of love, behind him: on the same journey, the same path. And the Spirit of the world will not tolerate this and what will make us suffer, but suffering as Jesus did."

Each seminarian has encountered Jesus Christ and is responding to their call of discipleship. Now they want to go make more disciples and sanctify the world through the sacramental life of the Church. This is the mission of the priest.

Each year, we need more than $900,000 to assist our future priests with:

  • tuition
  • room and board
  • health care
  • other expenses -- including inviting more men to consider the priesthood.

Your gift to the Seminarian Collection helps offset those costs.

Your generous gift of $25, $50, $100, $500 or more to the Seminarian Collection will make a huge difference now -- and for the future of our Church.

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Hope for the Future: Help Them Today

To learn more about the Seminarian Collection or vocations to the priesthood, contact Fr. Daniel Schuster in Vocations at (920) 272-8289 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8289, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To make a gift now, download and submit a pledge card, or visit the Catholic Foundation Online.

Thank you for being a real support to our seminarians. As Bishop David Ricken said in his 2011 pastoral letter, "Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive":

"Parish leadership is critical to our parishes becoming more alive and engaged, and our parishes becoming gathering places of worship, hope and service to the world. In the Diocese of Green Bay one of the greatest challenges facing us at the present time, is the lack of a sufficient number of priests to shepherd and guide our parishes. As a parish and diocesan community, we must place high priority on calling young men into priestly service."

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Bishop Ricken, New Priest Reflect on Importance of Seminarian Collection



 Bishop David Ricken


Father Michael Thiel (English) 


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For more information or additional materials, contact Fr. Schuster at (920) 272-8289 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8289 (from 920 and 715 area codes), or Email