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Annual Seminarian Collection to Help Future Priests Kicks Off Aug. 3-4

coat-of-armsGREEN BAY, Wis. (July 30, 2013) -- The annual Seminarian Collection will kick off this weekend, Aug. 3-4, and every Catholic household will be contacted through the mail during the following week. This collection benefits men who have been called to the priesthood. Families who would like to make a gift today can do so online at www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give. Seminarians will visit parishes throughout the month of August to ask for support through this important collection.

This year, Fathers Alvan Amadi and Michael Warden were ordained priests on June 1. Two more priests and one transitional deacon will be ordained in the coming year, and the diocese anticipates having about 23 men in the seminary this fall. Most men are in the seminary for six or eight years, which includes two years of studying philosophy and four years of studying theology.

Faith Journey Requires Parishioners' Support

"The faith journey that the recently ordained priests have taken would not have been possible without parishioners' prayers and support of the Seminarian Collection," said Bishop David L. Ricken.

This is the ninth annual collection for the support of seminarians. Last year, generous parishioners gave $545,000. The spiritual formation of each candidate for the priesthood costs roughly $35,000 each year. This coming school year, the Diocese of Green Bay expects to spend more than $850,000 for tuition, room and board, health insurance, summer language, spiritual and pastoral programs, a small stipend, support of the Office of Vocations which invites disciples to consider the priesthood, and other costs.

The website www.gbvocations.org contains links to other Seminarian Collection information.

Seminaries

Seminarians are currently studying at the following seminaries:
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary College Seminary, Winona, Minnesota
  • St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Conception Seminary College, Conception, Missouri
  • St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois
  • St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana
  • St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Milwaukee/Sacred Heart, Hales Corners
  • North American College Seminary, Rome, Italy

Meet Our Seminarians (including details on home parishes and current studies):
  • Rev. Mr. Ryan Starks, St. Mary, Marion, Theology IV, Mundelein Seminary
  • Rev. Mr. Brian Wideman, St. Margaret Mary, Neenah, Theology IV, St. Meinrad Seminary
  • Edward Looney, Holy Trinity, Oconto, Theology III, Mundelein Seminary
  • Michael Thiel, St. Raphael the Archangel, Oshkosh, Theology II, St. Francis de Sales Seminary
  • Scott Valentyn, St. John Nepomucene, Little Chute, Theology II, North American College
  • Adam Bradley, St. John the Evangelist, Antigo, Theology I, St. Francis de Sales Seminary
  • Mark Mleziva, Immaculate Conception of Mary, Luxemburg, Theology I, North American College
  • Matthew Rappl, St. Gabriel, Neenah, Theology I, St. Francis de Sales Seminary
  • Jon Thorsen, St. Augustine, Wausaukee, Theology I, Mundelein Seminary
  • Zachary Weber, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Greenville, Theology I, Mundelein Seminary
  • Michael Wilms, St. Raphael the Archangel, Oshkosh, College IV, Conception Seminary College
  • Greg Parent, Ss. Peter & Paul, Green Bay, College IV, St. John Vianney College Seminary
  • Jose Lopez, St. Philip the Apostle, Green Bay, Pre-Theology II, St. Francis de Sales Seminary
  • Nathaniel Binversie, St. Francis of Assisi, Manitowoc, College IV, St. John Vianney College Seminary
  • Connor Schlaack, Most Blessed Sacrament, Oshkosh, College III, St. John Vianney College Seminary
  • Michael Picard, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, College III, Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Benjamin Johnson, Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Oshkosh, College III, Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Matthew Faucett, Holy Family, Marinette, College III, Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Jon Hynek II, St. Francis of Assisi, Manitowoc, College II, Conception Seminary College
  • Stephen Zepp, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Greenville, College II, St. John Vianney Seminary
New men:
  • Kyle Sladek, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, Pre-Theology II, Mundelein Seminary
  • Elijah Simmons, St. Mary Parish, Algoma, College I, Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Branden Timm, Holy Family Parish, Brillion, College I, Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. 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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