Good vocation news from the Diocese of Madison Wisconsin!! They now have 32 men is some stage of seminary. When appointed the fourth Bishop of Madison in May of 2003, they had no more than six seminarians studying for the Diocese of Madison.
According to this article The vision will not disappoint the Bishop had "private and prayerful desire (never made publicly known) that there would be 30 seminarians studying for the priesthood before the 10th anniversary of his arrival in the diocese."
There are many reason credited for this turn around and it involves a lot of people and finally huge doses of the Holy Spirit. However it appears many credit Eucharistic Adoration.
The names of the men in the above picture are:
Above, Bishop Robert C. Morlino, center, and Fr. Paul Ugo Arinze, diocesan vocation director (second row, left), pose with the men studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison, from left, first row: Paul Schultz, Andrew Showers, Daniel Bayer, Andrew Teeter, Chahm Gahng, Luke Syse, and Peter Lee; second row: Peter Carey, Phil Klaas, Deacon Vincent Brewer, Deacon Garrett Kau, Steve Petrica, and Richard Hess; third row: Tyler Dickinson, Daniel Button, William Van Wagner, Scott Jablonski, Tafadzwa Kushamba, Chris Gernetzke, and Jared Holzhuter; fourth row: John Winkowitsch, Vocations Office Summer Intern Michael Wanta, John Paul Schiedermayer, Aaron Downing, James Leeser, Matthew Schumacher, Austin Steffen, and Grant Theis. Pictured at right are seminarians who could not make it to the summer gathering: Joseph Baker, Scott Emerson, Gabriel López-Betanzos, Clint Olson, and Drew Olson. For more on vocations to the priesthood and religious life, see the Vocations special pull-out section in the print edition of the Catholic Herald. (Catholic Herald photo/Kat Wagner)