A Message from the Vocation Director

Are you Called to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ?

Dear Friend in Christ,

Have you ever thought of becoming a Catholic priest? Would you like to serve the Catholic Church in southern Illinois as a priest in the Diocese of Belleville? Would you like to know what you need to do to learn more about the possibility of becoming a priest? You will find the answers to these and other questions on this page. May God bless you as you think about the best way to live your life as a follower of Christ.

Faithfully yours,

Bishop Edward K. Braxton

Seminarian Education

Our Belleville Diocese is currently blessed with seven (7) seminarians.  Meeting the needs of their formation  -- tuition, books, room and board and other expenses --  is approximately $47,000 per year for each seminarian.  Your contribution to seminarian education is truly an investment in our faith and the life of the Church here in southern Illinois.  

To join these men on their journey to the priesthood with a gift to the Seminarian Education Fund, please click here now.




Vocation Poster features seminarians, deacon candidates, and women-and men-religious

Our new diocesan vocation poster features those studying for the priesthood, those in the deacon formation program, and those in formation in various religious communities.  Pastors or Parish Vocation Coordinators may pick up posters in the Vocations Office during regular business hours.  Father Junker will also bring posters to Vicariate Meetings.  If you need posters mailed to you, please contact Patti Warner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your request.  


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New videos highlight various vocation choices

For National Vocation Awareness Week (Nov 5-11) the Vocation Office has filmed a series of videos featuring testimonials of native vocations from the Diocese of Belleville.  We have inspiring stories and words of encouragement from priests/seminarians, a religious sister, deacons, and a married couple. These videos will be a helpful tool for principals, DREs, teachers, catechists, and youth ministers. Though launched for National Vocation Awareness Week, these videos remain available all throughout the year.  Click here to view the videos.


Catholic Pastoral Center
2620 Lebanon Avenue. Building 2
Belleville, IL 62221
Fax: 618-235-7416

Vocation Director

Reverend Nicholas G. Junker

Mrs. Patti Warner