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A man who thinks God might be calling him to be a priest should go to the seminary. The seminary is the best place to truly discern God's will for your vocation. But even a decision to go to the seminary is not a final decision to become a priest.

That's why there are four years of seminary. Many people still think that seminaries are like monasteries: large, cold edifices where people walk around in silence. Actually, seminaries today are very much like universities.

The aim of the seminary is the formation of body, mind, and soul. To this end, seminarians take classes in Catholic theology, Sacred Scripture, Church history, pastoral counseling, and other subjects.

There are also opportunities for sports and recreation. Most importantly, the seminarian is expected to pray. He is taught how to pray liturgically and privately. In short, he is taught how to accomplish his life's work: to become like Jesus.

The seminaries to which the Diocese of Grand Rapids sends seminarians are:

           **Check out this link to a video produced by SJV seminarians​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​