Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, by Father Thomas Maikowski

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Saint Francis de Sales Seminary

My postsecondary education began at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, in St. Francis, Wisconsin. Its collegial atmosphere helped me discern my calling to be a priest.

The seminary’s doors opened in 1845, in response to an urgent need for clergy for German Catholic immigrants. Construction of the main building in 1856 marked a significant advance in the school’s mission. The campus now occupies 70 acres of woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Notable features include the Salzmann Library, which contains some 80,000 books on theology and canon law; members of the public, as well as students and parish volunteers, may use its services. The on-campus print shop serves the needs of local churches; proceeds go toward educating seminarians. A retreat house provides a natural setting for meetings and overnight stays; the facility sleeps 36 and features a private chapel and conference rooms.

About the author: In 2010, Cardinal Stritch University awarded Father Thomas Maikowski its Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Distinction.