Vianney News - Spotlight on Alumni


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When Greg Billion was invited to attend a Vianney Visit weekend as a high school senior, he had no idea that it would change his life radically.

At the time, Billion was not seriously practicing his Catholic faith or discerning his vocation, but he was deeply moved by what he observed in the seminarians.

“Although I couldn’t put my finger on it, I saw that these men had what I had been seeking my entire life,” Billion recalled. “They had purpose, joy, and were living life to the full. In hindsight, it was Christ who these men had, and it was Christ who I had wanted all along.”

Diving into seminary life, Billion found what had attracted him during that chance visit: a life lived completely for Christ, for the Church, and for others. “Given the amount of growth I experienced during my time there,” he said, “I am eternally indebted to SJV for preparing me to lead a fully Christian way of life.”

After more than two years of formation, Billion followed a thorough discernment process and ultimately followed the Lord’s call to life as a lay man. But he is confident that his formators provided him with the right tools to discern the will of God.

“I left with the utmost consolation, pride and gratitude for the institution and how it shaped me into the man I am today. SJV fostered in me the gifts of prayer, study, discipline, leadership, and service.”

Picture by the Religious of Pro Ecclesia Sancta

Picture by the Religious of Pro Ecclesia Sancta

After college graduation, Billion taught in Oakland, California, while earning a Master of Education degree through the University of Notre Dame. He now teaches at Chesterton Academy in the Twin Cities, where he has taught classes in philosophy, theology, ancient history, Euclidean geometry, astronomy and biology. In his spare time, he is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Humanities through the University of Dallas.

What is Billion’s prayer for SJV’s next 50 years?

“I pray that the rich traditions and character of SJV continue to bear fruit for the Church. It is a seminary that trains men in charity and sets them ablaze for Christ and his work. Whether the men become priests or husbands and fathers, the men at SJV will receive the preparation they need to keep the Church alive and well.”