Amid the clergy sexual abuse scandal, Bishop Walkowiak has received letters from the faithful asking about the welfare of our diocesan seminarians and whether the men currently in formation for the Diocese of Grand Rapids are safe.
Bishop Walkowiak has full confidence in our two seminaries: Saint John Vianney College Seminary at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. He personally spoke with our diocesan seminarians at their convocation in August and told them that they should immediately inform the rectors or our vocations directors of any improper conduct. He emphasized that they would not face any reprisals for coming forward.
Bishop Walkowiak met with the seminarians at Mundelein Seminary on Thursday, Oct. 25 and they all seemed to be in good spirits. He called the rector of Saint John Vianney College Seminary the following day, Oct. 26, and asked about our seminarians. He was assured that they are all doing well.
The rectors of both seminaries have released letters regarding their protocols for keeping seminarians who are on their campuses safe.
Letter from Very Reverend Michael Becker, rector, Saint John Vianney College Seminary.
Letter from Very Reverend John Kartje, rector, Mundelein Seminary.
Catholic Spirit article, “How do I know my son is safe in the seminary?” referenced in Very Reverend Michael Becker’s letter.