The call of our Lord is personal, concrete,
life-changing and robust. Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). It is a call that requires a redefinition of oneself and to be
conformed to the Heart of Christ.
Jesus wants everything.
–Fr. Luke Strand, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, priests are ordained to take on the character of
Christ and serve the Church. The priest bravely stands in as Christ during many of the most profound moments of people's lives: baptism, marriage, death. If you or someone you know
is interested in learning more about becoming a priest, please visit the Archdiocese's
Think Priest website.
The permanent deacon also receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Deacons assist at Mass, preach, witness marriages, and baptize. The deacons of the Church live out their vocations in the world, either married or single. Many have careers outside the Church, in addition to their commitment to the Parish. If married, a deacon's wife also makes a commitment to support her husband in his ministry to the Church. For more information on becoming a deacon, visit the Diaconate Formation page on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's website.
Since its cornerstone was laid in 1855, Saint Francis de Sales Seminary has served as a point of navigation, both physically and spiritually, for men seeking The Way. See its mission beautifully portrayed in a 5-minute film, Drop Anchor, at www.sfs.edu. This locally-produced film with an original song premiered at the Annual Seminary Dinner in September 2015, and has now been seen in over 50 countries! Please support vocations to the priesthood by watching the film and sharing the link.
Visit www.sfs.edu for more information.