Seminarian Appeal

Greetings,

Last year we began the first annual Seminarian Appeal to raise support for our St. Joseph Education Society, a fund which not only supports our seminarians, but also the continuing education of our clergy.  This appeal was a big success, with over 700 donors participating.  I am sincerely grateful for their generosity as we could not continue our formation efforts without such support.

As we begin this year’s Seminarian Appeal know of my gratitude for your generosity and continued prayers of our current and future clergy. Your contributions help us form worthy shepherds for the people of Northwest Iowa.

Gratefully,
Reverend Shane Deman, Vocation Director

Bishop Nickless is pleased to announce the acceptance of two new seminarians! 

These young candidates were founding members of our high school discernment group in 2016 and will begin their priestly formation this fall as college freshmen. 

Mr. Jack Waters, Spirit Lake, IA
St. Mary Parish
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary

“What I’m looking forward to most next year in my seminary formation is to be appropriately challenged in all aspects mind and spirit.  I’ve been desiring that next level of spiritual growth and community, and I believe that Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary will help me do that. Thank you to all who continue to support me; your care drives me to serve with excellence.”

Mr. Elliot McLarty, Sioux City, IA
Holy Cross Parish
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary

“After having been guided by the examples of diocesan priests and twelve years of Catholic education, I am eager to continue to follow the Lord’s call to seminary. I am grateful for both the spiritual and financial support that have allowed me to get to this point in my discernment.”

What’s Happening This Summer?  

 There is great hope in our diocese this summer as we look forward to various events.  Please keep everyone involved in your prayers and follow their progress through our social media accounts!

  • Three new transitional deacons ordained on June 2nd, who join five permanent deacons already ordained on May 12th
  • Our Quo Vadis Pilgrimage departs for Italy and France this June. Seminarians and members of our high school discernment group will visit the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul in Rome; Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati in Turin, the patron of our discernment group; and St. John Vianney in Ars, France, the patron saint of priests.  We thank our private donors and Knights of Columbus Councils for helping each of our pilgrims!
  • In early August high school students will gather in Okoboji, IA for our 2nd annual Quo Vadis Discernment Retreat as they enjoy fraternity with each other and pray about their future vocation.

Meet our Seminarians

Deacon Ross Caniglia
Theology IV
St. Meinrad Seminary
Holy Cross Parish, Sioux City, IA

Deacon Pedro Pablo
Theology IV
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City, IA

Deacon Tim Pick
Theology IV
St. Meinrad Seminary
All Saints Parish, Le Mars, IA

Mr. Travis Crotty
Theology III
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
St. Columbkille Parish, Varina, IA

Mr. Zach Jones
Theology I
Pontifical North American College
St. Joseph Parish, Milford, IA

Mr. Peter Khoan Van Pham
Pre-Theology II
Conception Seminary
Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City, IA

Mr. Thomas Wilson
Pre-Theology II
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
Immaculate Conception, Cherokee, IA
Immaculate Conception, Sioux City, IA

Mr. Derek Probst
College IV
Conception Seminary
All Saints Parish, Le Mars, IA

Mr. Elliot McLarty
College I
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary
Holy Cross Parish, Sioux City, IA

Mr. Jack Waters
College I
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary
St. Mary Parish, Spirit Lake, IA

Average Cost to Educate a Priest
Tuition, Room & Board and other expenses per year: $40,000
Years of study required: x 8
Total Cost: $320,000