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Meet Joseph Culligan, Cullen Hilliker, and Jacob Mazur-Batistoni, three of the incoming novices for our 2020 class. While these men are on fire to respond to God's call to become Dominican Friars, they need your help to pay off student loans before entering. The Church needs your help for our future priests and religious. Thank you for supporting Joseph, Cullen, Jacob, and the Dominican Friars! God Bless!

Joseph Culligan


Joe is a 24-year old from Westby, WI. He studied Finance and Economics from UW La Crosse. After graduation he became a FOCUS missionary for one year before joining the Sacred Heart Seminary in Milwaukee for the Diocese of La Crosse. He is just finishing his second year of pre-theology before he joins our novitiate this summer as a clerical brother. 

Please keep Joe in your prayers and, if you can, make a donation by writing a check to: Dominican Friars with his name in the memo line, and mail it to the Promoter of Vocations, 1910 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

Cullen Hilliker


Cullen is 22 years old and from Two Rivers, WI. He is finishing up his last semester at the University of St Thomas where he studies Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Catholic Studies. He was encouraged by our brothers teaching at St Thomas to consider Dominican life, and he turned down an offer to work for NASA to join the novitiate. Cullen is also working with the Laboure Society to reduce his student debt. He is entering the novitiate as a clerical brother. Please keep him in your prayers, share his video, and, if you can, make a donation

Jacob Mazur-Batistoni


Jacob is a 22-year-old senior currently studying Classics and Theology at Hope College (in Michigan). He is originally from Lapeer, Michigan, and was involved in theater as well as played football in high school. Jacob met the Dominicans when Fr Nick Monco, O.P., started working at Hope College. He is entering as a clerical brother.  

Please keep Jacob in your prayers, and if you are able, please make a donation to help eliminate his student debt.

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