Our Seminarians

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 
                                                                                                                                    1 Peter 2:9

Called to Serve God's People
in a Special Way

It is not an easy thing to get a vocation to bud, and maybe even harder to keep it growing.  Though the call to serve God as a priest can come to some as a loud voice, or an unmistakable sign, it probably more often comes as a rather more subtle thing - a soft voice, and gentile push or inkling.  As we all know, there are very loud and powerful voices in the world that can tell a young man that he is crazy, wanting to give his life over to Christ and the Church. 

The Knights, as men who often have accepted another vocation - to marriage and fatherhood - we know all to well the forces that can work against a vocation to give of ourselves to another. That is why Knights feel strongly about encouraging and supporting seminarians. We know that every bit helps, even small gestures. That is why our council supports seminarians, first and foremost with our prayers, but also, importantly, financially. 

Many don't know the financial burden many seminarians carry.  College seminarian must pay their whole tuition.
Theology seminarians also have significant expenses. Many come from humble backgrounds. Some come with school debt from prior education.  The support the Knights offer can make a significant difference in a seminarians. Life. 

Bible Quotes on
The Priesthood
A Few Good Men for 2019
They are not really "our" seminarians; we have only adopted them for a year. We realize that as a local council, we can't help everybody, but we can help a few men who are working hard to study to be priest.  Each year our Council 8659 is matched seminarians from Metro Detroit who are in need of financial help. Donations made by the council help them with their living expenses, and helps ease the financial burden that they carry so they can focus on their studies and discernment. Our council donates $500 per seminarian. We know that it is money well spent. Their vocation is the future of our Church!  Below are the six men we are privileged to assist in 2019.

Want to hear how these men experienced God's call to discern a vocation to the priesthood?

Michael Adams
College - Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Home Parish: St. Lawrence, Utica

Dominic Divine
Pre-Theology II - Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Home Parish: St. Owen, Bloomfield Hills

Kevin Zaporski
Pre-Theology II - Sacred Heart Major Seminary 
Home Parish: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Beverly Hills

Mark Tibai
Pre-Theology I - Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Home Parish: Divine Grace, Carleton 

Zaid Chabaan
Theology III - Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Home Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak

John Carlin
Theology III - Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Home Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Bacilica, Royal Oak 


Did you know that there are distinct stages or levels to the seminary process? 
Understanding each stage can help us appreciate the determination needed by these brave young men. 

College (four years)

Pre-Theology (two-years)

Theology (four years)

Many young men come to the seminary directly from high-school, or without a college degree.  The College Seminary provides these men with a Bachleor's Degree in Philosophy, besides their spiritual formation. Besides also  getting the fundamentals of theology, college classes include courses in the sciences and literature, often at other universities. They also participate in Field Study placements to give them a taste of ministry.
These days, it is very common for men to come to the seminary with prior degrees. These former computer programers, engineers, doctors, or lawyers, still require courses in philosophy, scripture, and the fundamentals in theology. Pre-Theology is a two-year program for those with prior degrees. Upon completion of these academic and spiritual studies, they are able to apply for the Theology program. Not all are accepted.
This is the stage that most associate with the "seminary."  It is the last and final stage of study and formation.  As the title of this stage suggests, it is the stage of more in-depth theological and scriptural training. It is the time  formal training in catechetics, and homiletics.  It is also the time of more intense field placements that challenge the men's ability to give selflessly of their time and talents. This is also the time of the Temporary Deaconate, on the way, if God wills, to final ordination as priest. 
Send a Prayer....
The Archdiocese of Detroit offers a novel way to let our seminarians know that you are offering prayers for them: You can do it online. 
Send notice of a prayer offered.
It can be as simple as an Our Father or a Hail Mary, or a Holy Hour, a Rosary, or a Mass intention. Pretty cool. Check it out!
Pray For Our Seminarians
A Prayer for a Seminarian
God our Father,
Thank you for calling [name] to prepare for priesthood. 
Grant him the grace to grow closer to You through daily prayer.
Help him form his personality as a credible witness to others.
Bless him while he studies Your word and the teachings of the Church, and give him a generous heart to serve Your people.
We ask this through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our great High Priest.
Sharing one's talents...
The Gifts of Today's Seminarians
 Sacred Heart Major Seminary trains men for dioceses all across the U.S. Check out this video of a muscial group made up of men from the Diocese of Lansing, the Diocese of Marquette, and the Diocese of Winona.  Today's seminarians tend to be older and come with amazing talents that they have developed before coming to the seminary. Listen to the gifts of these future priest!

Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Detroit, MI
Sacred Heart Major Seminary prepares candidates for the Roman Catholic priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit and for dioceses nationally and internationally. SHMS is a leading center of the New Evangelization forming priests, deacons and lay ministers "who are prepared to bring the truth of the Gospel to an increasingly secularized world."

A Sacramental Sign to The World
"This Church is missionary by her very nature[ All Christians who believe and are made one in Christ share in the missionary task of apostolic service to the world. But “hearing” the call to faith—the word of salvation—must be a constant summons to conversion and renewal within the Church herself, and it is to the Apostles and their successors in the Episcopate, together with their priestly collaborators, that the Lords has entrusted the role of shepherding his missionary people. By God’s own plan, the Church cannot exist without those apostolic men “sent” to preach, to be within the Church herself a sacramental sign of the fundamental and perennial call to ” believe in our hearts” that Jesus is Lord."

St. Pope John Paul II, "Adress To Priests and Seminarians, Cebu City, Philippnes"