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"I will give you shepherds after my own heart" - Jeremiah 3:15
The Good Shepherd Society exists to help ensure we have holy priests to carry on the vibrancy of sacramental life in your parish.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Did you know there are tax-smart
ways to support seminarians? 

Donating appreciated stock or giving from your IRA are two powerful ways to support our future priests in their educational and spiritual journeys – while also receiving tax benefits from your gift. 

Learn more and donate stock or from your IRA

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone, please contact: 

Katie Price, CFRE
Director, Parish Vitality and Mission Advancement
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Phone 217-321-1121
kprice@dio.org 

"Where you see a priest think of our Lord Jesus Christ"

St. John Vianney/Patron Saint of Parish Priests

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In addition to your financial support of our seminarians, we invite you to join in a prayer campaign for 40 seminarians. Each day, we stop and pray a Hail Mary at 4:40 p.m. asking for Mary's intercession for 40 seminarians and an increase in religious vocations.

- BISHOP PAPROCKI

Daniel-McGrath

One thing I have learned in my discernment.

My vocation is not so much a mystery or a puzzle that I need to try to solve, but it is the path of love on which God wants to lead me through my life. I had to learn to not fret and worry about where I thought God might be leading me or what vocational path might be right for me, knowing that God trusts me to use the talents I have been given to serve Him and His church, and He will be with me all the way

Rev. Mr. Daniel McGrath
Theology IV
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Jayke-White
One thing I have learned in my discernment is that God never calls you to something without providing you the means of arriving there. In other words, He never asks you to do something without giving you the necessary tools to do it.

Rev. Mr. Jayke White
Theology IV
St. Meinrad Seminary

Troy-Niemerg
One thing I have learned in my discernment is to learn the Will of God and do it. Christ will see you through.

Rev. Mr. Troy Niemerg
Theology IV
Pontifical North American College

Alex-McCullough
One thing I have learned in my discernment is that God calls us in our brokenness. As the bishop says in the Rite of Ordination, “may God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.”

Rev. Mr. Alex McCullough
Theology IV
St. Meinrad Seminary

Bruce-Scott

One thing I have learned in my discernment.

You can’t out do God! Don’t be afraid to offer Him everything! You won’t out do his kindness or His mercy.

Rev. Mr. Bruce Scott
Theology IV
St. Meinrad Seminary

Stefan-Kaniewski

One thing I have learned in my discernment

In my discernment, adoration and meditation on the Word of God have been very important.

Stefan Kaniewski
Pastoral Internship
St. Meinrad Seminary

Ryan-Kehoe

One thing I have learned in my discernment.

Seminary has been a tremendous blessing for me, it has revealed how much the Lord loves me and has shown me the marvel of living in that love. It's a joyful life!

Ryan Kehoe
Theology III
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Charlie-Delano

One thing I have learned in my discernment.

Once you start asking God how to serve Him, you never know where He will take you. My time in seminary has been beyond anything I could have imagined or desired.

Charlie Delano
Theology III
St. Meinrad Seminary

Padrick-Mulligan

Padrick Mulligan
Pastoral Internship
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Dennis-Trickey
One thing that I learned throughout discernment is to put everything in the hands of God through our Blessed Mother. I have learned to trust in the desires of His Sacred Heart.

Dennis Trickey
Theology I
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Thomas-Marten

Thomas Marten
Pre-Theology II
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Devin-Flach

Devin Flach
Pre-Theology II
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

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Joseph Tuttle
Pre-Theology II
St. Meinrad Seminary

Jacob-Esker

Jacob Esker
College IV
Bishop Simon Bruté Seminary

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Sean Sullivan
Propaedeutic
St. Meinrad Seminary