A new school year begins for diocesan seminarians

By Fr. Carl Wertin
Assistant Vocations Director
This fall, our seminarians head back to their seminaries to enter another year of formation towards becoming priests.  At this time I offer you an update as you continue to pray for our seminarians and for those men called to the priesthood.

This year we welcome Zach Selig as a new seminarian for our diocese.   Zach will be attending St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Neb.  He was born in Canon City, but moved with his family to Orange, Calif. where they lived for many years. His mom, Michelle, and his dad, John (who is in formation to be a deacon), along with his brother, Jerome, still live in California.   Zach was influenced in his spiritual life and discernment of the priesthood by Monsignor Jim King.  Get to know a little about Zach: His favorite movies are Shawshank Redemption and Hacksaw Ridge.  Woodworking, cooking, hiking and sports are some of his favorite hobbies and his favorite type of prayer is adoration.  We welcome Zach and look forward to his time of discernment and formation in seminary and his visits and involvement in our parishes and diocesan events! We pray that Zach has a great first year.

Williams Ospino will be returning to Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisc.  This summer, he spent time in Columbia, in the Holy Land, and had a short assignment in Canon City with Fr. Jesse Perez.  Before heading back to seminary, Williams received the ministry of lector, installed to this ministry by Bishop Stephen Berg on August 12 at St. Michael Parish in Canon City.  This official ministry of lector is one step on the way to ordination as a priest.  We pray that Williams has another great year.

  Gino Devore spent the summer back in his hometown of Fowler.  He was a huge help at this summer’s “Quo Vadis” diocesan discernment retreat in June.  Now after finishing a year of study and prayer at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Nebraska, Gino decided to step away from seminary at this time.  We pray that Gino knows of our respect for his discernment and our desire that God would continue to bless and guide him.
Continue to be on the lookout for many more opportunities by which you can discern your own vocation or to assist a person in your life to discern his vocation.   These opportunities include monthly discernment retreats at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver for men considering a call to the priesthood, vocation discernment camps for young women and men being planned for next summer, as well as great resources available from the vocations office that can be sent to any parish minister to distribute or any individual upon request.  Please don’t forget to write and/or send gifts to our seminarians, as this is a huge boost in moral support to help them feel connected to us while they are at seminary, so they know we are cheering for them all along the way!

Addresses for our seminarians:

Williams Ospino
P.O. Box 429
Hales Corners, WI 53130-0429

Zach Selig
800 Fletcher Road, Seward, 
Nebraska 68434-8145