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Aubry Haben: Support the Seminarian Appeal this month

We are blessed to have 13 seminarians in formation this fall. Please pray for them as they open their hearts to a life of sacred service in the Diocese of Duluth.

The Seminarian Appeal, which should have arrived by now to every home, is one way in which we financially and prayerfully support our seminarians. The appeal helps to meet the costs of educating and forming our future priests, and is designed to coincide with the feast day of St. John Vianney (Aug. 4), patron saint of all priests.

Aubry Haben
Aubry Haben
Guest columnist

The faith family of the Diocese of Duluth continues to be generous. Catholics from across the diocese donated more than $226,000. Thank you!

Our seminarians are a great gift to the life and future of our diocese. One such seminarian, Matt Miller, just moved to Rome to begin his major seminary studies. Diocesan youth ministry events helped his love of God grow over the years, and interactions with priests drew him slowly but patiently towards seminary.

After running track at the College of St. Scholastica for one year and getting involved with the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Matt made the decision to enter seminary. The day after he called the diocesan vocations director, everything fell into place, and he transferred to St. Thomas to begin his studies in minor seminary and complete his bachelor’s degree. Now, he is in his first year of major seminary!

Matt is just one example of the beauty that occurs when we follow God’s will for our life.

Bishop Paul Sirba asks for your prayers for our seminarians as they discern a life of holy service in the parishes and ministries of the Diocese of Duluth. You can donate online to the appeal at

Aubry Haben is director of development for the Diocese of Duluth.