2022 Formation Spring Appeal

 "Formation is the future of our Church"

Meet those who are currently studying our formation programs:

Joe Franz

Joe Franz, is a fourth year theology student at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. Humbled and grateful to pursue his calling to priesthood, he tries to take advantage of opportunities outside his comfort zone that will help him minister to God's people more fully.  "Applying what I have learned and experienced, and putting into practice in the midst of my own brokenness, continually aids in my theological development."

Kevin Barron 

Kevin Barron, in his fourth year of diaconate study in the Dioceses of Buffalo, will be ordained in May of 2023, God willing.  "As I discerned God's call to this process, I recall struggling with the idea of unworthiness and spent the next four years deciding whether or not I would begin this beautiful process.  I am certain my life will never be the same.  It has taught me lessons in listening and communicating while curbing impulsivity and haste in decision making." 

Maria Chomicka

Maria Chomicka, in her final semester at St. Bernard's completing a Master of Art's in Theological Studies, states "These classes have inspired me to ask questions and seek further understanding of God leading me to learn more about my faith, which I can apply to my vocation as a church minister, musician, and disciple of Christ."


Because of your dedication and generosity, we can continue to serve those being called to the priesthood, diaconate life, and lay leaders of the Church.  We deeply appreciate the sacrifice of your gift and Your commitment to these vocations!

Prayer for Vocations

Almighty Father, You have created for us some definite purpose.  Grant us the grace to know the path You have planned for us in this life and to respond with a generous "Yes."  Make our diocese, parishes, homes and hearts fruitful ground for Your gift of vocations.