Holy Orders

The future practice of our faith depends very strongly on those who respond to a call to service as priests, deacons, or religious.   We trust that the supporting prayer of our community, along with the example and interest of our staff are part of that call to service.

Information on vocations in the Diocese of Green Bay can be found at www.gbdioc.org/vocations.html

Community support for vocations involves any of the following:

  1. Prayer
  2. A positive way of speaking about priests, deacons, brothers, and sisters. 
  3. An encouragement of young people who seem interested in Church service.
  4. Helping the family know the priest or sister personally.
  5. An awareness of where the Church is today.

The Priesthood:  Continuing a "Culture of Vocation" in the Diocese of Green Bay

On August 1, 2010 Fr. Daniel Schuster became the vocation director for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Fr. Schuster travels to parishes throughout the diocese where he preaches, invites, and motivates the many people who have a calling from God.  You will often hear him say, "Your vocation is your vehicle for salvation!"

He also works with the seminarians who are studying in formation, and those who live at the Xavier House in De Pere, WI.  The Xavier House of Discernment has openings for young men in college, men working or serving as volunteers, and men who work in proffessional settings who desire to live in community while discerning the possibility of the priesthood.

Fr. Schuster also maintains connections with the Serra Clubs, Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Schools, parish RE programs, and CYE in his role in encouraging and supporting vocations in the Church.

Fr. Schuster previously served as an associate pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc since his ordination to the priesthood in 2008.

As Vocation Director, I, Fr. Schuster works with the associate Vocation Director, Fr. Quinn Mann, and would love to talk to you if you feel that you are experiencing a call to the priesthood.  Please contact us if you would like us to visit to your school, church, or organization.  We love to talk about our relationship with Christ and the Church, and we love to talk about the gift of the priesthood.

E-mail: dschuster@gbdioc.org

Phone: (920) 272-8293 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8293   

The Permanent Diaconate

A deacon is an ordained man who has received special formation and training to serve the Church. He lives a life of service that integrates family life, the workplace, the community, and ministry. His life of service is generally rooted within his parish and extends in outreach to the community and those on the margins. His threefold ministry includes: service of the word, service of liturgy, and service of charity, justice and pastoral outreach. The first deacons began serving the church at the time of the Apostles.

Who are deacons?
A Catholic deacon is a member of the clergy. In the Catholic Church, "the clergy" consists of three groups of ordained ministers: bishops, priests, and deacons. While all members of the church are called to minister to others by virtue of their baptism, some Catholics are also ordained to specific forms of ministry to serve the rest of the Church.

The title "deacon" comes from the Greek word diakonos, which means "servant." A deacon is ordained by the bishop into the Order of Deacons (commonly referred to as the diaconate). He is publicly and permanently configured to Christ the Servant and lives a life of service within the Church and the community. He assists the bishop and works collaboratively with the priests and laity in serving the needs of others.

For additional information on the diaconate formation process for the Diocese of Green Bay, contact: Deacon Paul Grimm, Director - pgrimm@gbdioc.org or 920-272-8290