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Office of Vocations
The Diocese of Madison 
Rev. Gregory S. Ihm
Bishop O'Connor 
  Catholic Pastoral Center
702 S. High Point Rd.
Madison, WI  53719

Toll-free: (800) 833-8452
Local: (608) 821-3088
Fax: (608) 821-3090


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Current Seminarian Directory

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directory of seminarians

December 10, 2016


  • 05/19/2014
  • Updated seminarian profiles; added Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate 

Welcome to the Diocesan Office of Vocations!

Welcome, and may God guide you in your discernment!  We are currently in the process of creating a new web portal rich in media content that will appeal to visitors as well as those discerning a vocation to priesthood or religious life.  This web portal will still house our seminarian and clergy profiles, information about the seminaries we work with and contact information for the office.  Our new media portal will host video clips of our seminarians and other media resources to help you get to know our fine men preparing for the priesthood and to aid you in your vocational discernment.  Information on discernment, announcements, invitations to Diocesan events and a vocations FAQ will all be a part of the new site.

Our media portal will come online in the near future.  We thank you for your patience and for your support of vocations here in the Diocese of Madison.  God bless you and your families in this season of Advent!

Fr. Greg Ihm
Director of Vocations

What's new on the vocations office web site?



by:  Fr. Michael Radowicz

  As a priest, it is a great joy to support those studying to serve in the person of Jesus Christ.  We have reaped a great bounty of men who have stepped forward, courageously and faithfully answering our Lord's call to love Him and to serve His people in a way that only a priest can.  Since my ordination in 2005, I have been a witness of this great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and have seen first-hand how seminaries are preparing our young men to be good pastors, good shepherds and faith-filled leaders.  Our bishop is committed to providing a sound future for our Diocese through his constant urging of inviting men to consider the possibility of priesthood.  Those who adore before our Eucharistic Lord with our seminarians upon their minds and hearts are united with them in their journey toward priestly ordination.  Our seminarians are not alone - they are supported by the love and prayers of so many.  It was that constant support that carried me through my years of seminary and has made me the priest I am today. 

  This year, we will be 32 men strong in college and theological formation for the 2012-13 academic year.  God is so graciously providing for His Church in Madison, and this is clear evidence that the Spirit is alive and working in the hearts of our good men.  Please join with me in praying every day for our seminarians, and those considering a vocation to priestly, religious and consecreated life.  Our prayers, our support and the outpouting of God's grace upon these men will help the seminarians of today become the priests of tomorrow - strong, faith-filled and obedient to Christ.  They will be His servants, shephering His people and leading them to the glory of eternal life.  Mary is at the center of every priestly heart, and she guides our young men through their formation by her constant prayers and urgings, helping them to possess the heart of her Son.  May the Spirit continue His great work, and bless our Diocese with many men who will possess the true heart of Christ, and bring newfound faith and hope to the people they will be called to serve!

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God bless you, and thank you for visiting our web site.  
Please continue to pray for our seminarians, our priests and religious, 
for more vocations in our diocese, and throughout the Church.

Vocations in the Archdiocese of New York

   The Archdiocese of New York, in conjunction with Grassroots Films, has made a powerful video clip from this year's priestly ordinations.  Five men were ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.  Dolan was recently appointed Archbishop of New York, and assumed his duties there in April, 2009.  These men are the first that Dolan has ordained in New York.  Before coming to New York, Archbishop Dolan served in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

  In his homily, Dolan told those gathered for the Mass that "...their ordination is God's doing, not ours.  That this is a pure gift from God, not an earned trophy.  That His call trumps our curriculum vitae.  That His grace lifts up our nature.  You will have the very character of Christ, the high priest ... branded upon your hearts."

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New Video on Priestly Vocations!

     Recently, the Midwest Theological Forum finished production on an excellent video, entitled "The Catholic Priest Today:  A Man of Faith, A Man of Tradition, A Man of God.  The video is designed to speak to anyone who may have an interest in the priesthood. 

     The video features one of our own priests, Fr. Eric Nielsen, pictured at left, who is pastor at St. Paul University Catholic Center in Madison.  In his remarks, Fr. Nielsen reminds viewers that when discerning a vocation, there are more things to discern than the vocation itself.  Saying yes to the priesthood reveals God's grace in many new ways, but it is also important to discern what sacrifices must be made in order to pursue a priestly vocation.  In priesthood, sacrifice becomes blessing, and this theme is beautifully illustrated in this film.

     Also included in the film  are commentaries by His Eminance, Francis Cardinal George, Cardinal-Archbishop of Chicago, Ill., and Dr. Scott Hahn, a well-noted scripture scholar and author.

   There is a web site dedicated to the video, located at  You may also order a DVD from the web site as well.  Click on the link below to view the video.

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Is our Lord calling you to be a fisher of men?

          "To preside at the Lord’s Supper is, therefore, an urgent invitation to offer oneself in gift, so that the attitude of the Suffering Servant and Lord may continue and grow in the Church. Dear young men, nurture your attraction to those values and radical choices which will transform your lives into service of others, in the footsteps of Jesus, the Lamb of God. …Do not be afraid to accept this call. You will surely encounter difficulties and sacrifices, but you will be happy to serve, you will be witnesses of that joy that the world cannot give. You will be living flames of an infinite and eternal love. You will know the spiritual riches of the priesthood, divine gift and mystery."


     These are the words of our previous Holy Father, John Paull II, and they so eloquently express the joy and gift of serving God's holy people in priesthood.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's Vocations and Priestly Formation committee embarked on an effort to try and address the need of discerning a vocation amidst the world we live in today.  What resulted was an award-winning video entitled "Fishers of Men".   


     We have made this video available to you here on our web site.  To view the video, click on the appropriate link below.  Running time is approximately 20 minutes.  Dial-up users may wish to save the video to their computers first by right-clicking on the link and choosing "Save As...".  Viewing via streaming video is recommended only for our broadband visitors.



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Helpful Web Sites

 The United States Conference 
      of Catholic Bishops ("USCCB")


The USCCB's official site 
      for Vocations

The United States Conference 
     of Secular Institutes


Vocations Placement

Test Your Call!

The Dead Theologians Society

Relevant Radio
     AM 1240, Madison: 

The United States Council of 
     Serra International


The Catholic Order of Foresters

Prayers for Vocations

The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.

Lord, open our eyes, 
   that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears, that we may hear the cries 
   of the hungry, the cold,  the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts, that we may 
   love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your Spirit.  Lord, free us and make us one.

Prayer of Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Founder of the Missionaries of Charity


 Diocese of Madison Coat of Arms 

 Prayer for Vocations

Lord, we believe that You are present in the Holy Eucharist.  Please watch over your Mystical Body, the Church, and send it shepherds to guide it.  Grant our Diocese of Madison an increase in vocations to preisthood, deaconate, religious life, and sacramental married life.  Help us to be instruments of your will in guiding young people through our teaching of the Catholic faith and the example of our lives.  Instill in parents a desire to offer a child to priesthood or religious life, and sanctify priests, brothers, and sisters to be models of virtue and love.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.




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