Continuing a "Culture of Vocation" in the Diocese of Green Bay
On October 1, 2018, Fr. Mark Mleziva became the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Green Bay. He begins this important work with much enthusiasm and passion to help young people to know their vocation from God. He hopes to continue the great work done by his predecessor Fr. Dan Schuster who is returning to parish life after serving in this ministry for eight years. Prior to this, Fr. Mark was assigned as the Parochial Vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc, WI, as well as chaplain to Roncalli High School.
The position of Vocation Director can be broken down into two areas. The first area involves helping those called to the priesthood apply to the seminary. Accompaniment, prayer, and open dialogue are all necessary for this first area in order to ensure that God is truly calling this young man to holy orders. The second area entails helping those who are already in seminary to continue to discern their call. The Vocation Director is in continual dialogue, prayer, and accompaniment here as well as the call to priesthood is already discerned with the seminarian and the Church.
If you or someone you know is thinking about priesthood, please have them contact Fr. Mark in order to start the discussion. If someone is strongly thinking about priesthood and needs a place to discern that call more deeply, there is the possibility of living at the Holy Name of Jesus House of Formation.
Fr. Mark Mleziva
Phone: (920) 272-8293 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8293 (from 920 and 715 area codes)
Over the past two years I have learned a great deal of what it truly means to be a priest. Helping others to encounter the Lord and live in relationship with Him is something that I not only like doing but find fulfillment in. It is a great joy to continue this service in a new and exciting capacity as the Assistant Vocations Director for the Dioceses of Green Bay.
In this new role, I hope to continue to help others to encounter Jesus Christ, develop a love for the Church and to help young men discern a call to the priesthood. The Church needs brave men who are willing to live for others and do whatever it takes to help bring souls to Christ. I am very excited to help the Vocations Team in whatever way necessary bring about a greater awareness of the vocation to the priesthood, and to connect with people to inspire them to live for something much greater than themselves.
If you are thinking about a call to the priesthood or have more questions it would be great to hear from you.
Fr. Adam J. Bradley
Assistant Vocations Director
Phone: (920) 272-8296 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8296 (from 920 and 715 area codes)
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