Meet our 31 Seminarians 2016-17! 
(Click the link above)

Vocation Camp at Abbey of the Hills

Camp 1 May 24th-26th & Camp 2 May 28th-30th

Rocky Mountain Vocation Expedition

July 30th-Aug 5th 2017

Fr. Shaun Haggerty Spring/Summer VOCATION EVENTS

Vocation Director’s View (VDV)

January 2017

Vocation Director’s View (VDV)

Happy New Year! God continues to bless us. We will ordain six men to the priesthood this year and two men to the tranistional diaconate. 

Though we are losing six men from the seminary for the priesthood, and I am sure we will have one or two men discern out, next fall does not look thin. We are still having 10 men applying ot the seminary, and these men are all great candidates! We could still grow from 31 to maybe 32 or even 33 next year. There is always room for more in the family. 

I have posted to the left here the many upcoming spring and summer events. It is going to be another busy time of serving the Lord here in the Vocations Office. 

At Mass today, January 4th, I heard Jesus in the Gospel ask his disciples what it is that they are looking for. This is a very interesting question that we are called to answer. Jesus is asking us what are we looking for. He is the God of the living not the dead. Jesus is active in our world today and he asks you, what are you looking for in 2017? 

There are many things we are looking for: a better you, job, friends, position in extracircular activites, better habits, etc. But ultimately it boils down to happiness. We are looking for happiness, joy, and peace. Only Jesus can truly give this and make it lasting.

If you are discerning your vocation, Jesus is asking you, "what are you looking for?" After Jesus asked his disciples what they are looking for he says to them come and follow me. As you discerning, "looking for" your vocation in 2017 Jesus says come and follow me and to not be afraid!

If you are thinking about the seminary for next fall I encourage to not be a afraid and get in contact with me soon as preparation for next fall starts now. Our deadline for the application for next fall in late April and the application process usually takes about 3-4 months. Be not afraid!   

In Christ,

Fr. Shaun Haggerty 

Vocation Director of the Diocese of Sioux Falls 

If you are thinking about the priesthood, have questions, or want to visit the seminary please email me:

Seminary Spring Visits 2017

St. John Vianney Seminary
At the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN
Feb 9th-11th 2017

Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary
At St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, MN
March 25th-27th 2017
Vocation Camps @ Abbey of the Hills
Camp 1 
May 24th-26th 2017
Camp 2 
May 28th-30th 2017
Ordinations 2017
June 1st 2017 Diaconate Ordination @ 11 a.m.
June 2nd 2017 Priestly Ordination @ 11 a.m.
Bishop's Fishing Tournament
Benefiting Seminarian Education
June 5th 2017 in Big Stone City, SD
June 12th 2017 at Lake Oahe near Gettysburg, SD
Holy Smoke Car Show
Benefiting Seminarian Education

July 22nd 2017 at O'Gorman High School Sioux Falls, SD
Rocky Mountain Vocation Expedition 
July 30th- August 5th 2017
Lord give me the gift of a generous heart to follow Your will as I journey the path of life. You set before me the voctions of priesthood, diaconate, religious life, generous single life and marriage. Grant me the grace and generosity I need to answer Your call.
By offering this prayer from your heart, wherever your path leads, whatever vocation you choose, you will help build a great Church for tomorrow.

Resources for parents of children who are considering a vocation. Prayer calendars, videos and vocations office library resources. More sites to help you in your discernment.