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Join us for our 5th Annual "Who Will Fill These Shoes?" Event


St. Joseph College Seminary is hosting our 5th annual Who Will Fill These Shoes? on Saturday, April 28th. All of our seminarians will be in attendance to socialize, give tours of our Loyola Lakeshore campus, including St. Joseph College Seminary, serve lunch and teach about the life and joy of service in the name of the Gospel of Christ. This event is open for any men, ages 13-21, and their family members.

What are the origins of this annual event?

This is the 5th time we are hosting this event. It all started when Fr. Vic Ivers retired. During the conclusion of his final mass at St. Joseph in Libertyville, he stopped, took off his shoes, laid them in front of the altar and said, "who now will fill these shoes?" Then he processed out, leaving the shoes behind. Who Will Fill These Shoes? has been celebrated annually ever since.

What will the seminarians speak about?

Those who are speaking will talk about their vocation story and how they feel God is working in their lives, guiding them and calling them to a life of service, possibly as future priests. Some of the seminarians will also introduce family members, specifically their parents, who will speak about the role the family plays in support of their son’s vocation.

How much does it cost to register?

The event is completely free! Our goal is to have young men, their families and even their parish priests come and see the college seminary, and experience community life on the Loyola University campus.

Who Will Fill These Shoes? highlights the importance for young men to prayerfully discern priestly life in order to answer God’s call so as to faithfully minister to the faithful of this Archdiocese in the future. We truly pray for all those who attend this event that their hearts may be open to the movements of God working in their lives, and that they may ask the Lord: "Where are you leading me and how can I follow?"