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GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 30, 2019) – The 15th annual Seminarian Collection will kick off this weekend, Aug. 3-4. This collection benefits the education and support of those who are pursuing a calling to the priesthood for the Green Bay Diocese. Last year, $1,046,800 was given by more than 11,689 families.

“Our seminarians are good men from many different backgrounds. They have been praying and studying at the seminary and serving in our parishes. They are filled with the Holy Spirit and are excited to share the Good News in our communities,” said Bishop David L. Ricken. “Through your support of the Seminarian Collection, these men are able to receive the training and the tools to share the Gospel. They learn how to joyfully serve God and lead more people to discover, follow, worship, and share Jesus.”

This year, Fr. William Evans and Fr. Matthew Faucett were ordained priests on June 22, 2019. Each year we are blessed to see the culture of vocations growing in our area. With this great news comes the challenge of funding our vocation efforts. Most men are in the seminary for six to eight years, which costs nearly $38,000 per seminarian per year. This helps cover the cost of their tuition, room and board, insurance and other expenses, and funding for the Vocation Office.

“I continued to be humbled by the generosity of so many people who support our seminarians in this capacity. This important collection allows them to place their focus on prayer and study so they can be fully prepared to bring the love of Jesus Christ to our many parishes and communities,” said Fr. Mark Mleziva, Vocation Director.

The newly ordained Fr. Matthew Faucett said, “I am looking forward to preaching and celebrating the sacraments, especially reconciliation, where I have personally experienced the love and mercy of God. Thank you for all your prayers and financial support of the Seminarian Collection.”

Meet Our Seminarians (including details on home parishes and current studies):

• Dcn. Benjamin Johnson, Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Oshkosh, Theology IV, Mundelein Seminary
• Dcn. Kevin Ripley, Assumption BVM, Pulaski, Theology IV, Mundelein Seminary
• Patrick Costello, St. Margaret Mary, Neenah, Theology III, North American College
  o Co-Sponsored Seminarian with the Archdiocese for the Military Services – Navy
• Matthew Colle, St. Mary’s Parish, Luxemburg, Theology II, North American College
• Michael Uchytil, Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Hortonville, Theology II, St. Francis de Sales Seminary
• Andrew LeGreve, St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay, Theology I, Mundelein Seminary
• Ben Pribbenow, Holy Spirit Parish, Kimberly, Theology I, North American College
• Brandon Lewandowski, Sacred Heart Parish, Shawano, Pastoral Year
• Jace Scheffler, St. John’s Parish, Menasha, Spiritually Year, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
• Juan Altamirano, St. Therese Parish, Appleton, College IV, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary
• Nico Stellpflug, St. Paul Parish, Combined Locks, Pre-Theology I, St. Francis de Sales Seminary
• Nathan Budde, St. Mary’s Parish, Ledgeview, College II, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary
• James Kanning, St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay, College I, St. John Vianney College Seminary
• Michael Vance, St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay, College I, St. John Vianney College Seminary



Who We Are

As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. Established in 1868, the diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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