Annual Seminary Dinner

Annual Dinner

Celebrating the Seminary

Zeal for the Lord's House

The 22nd Annual Seminary Dinner

Friday, October 4, 2024
The Baird Center
Fourth-Floor Ballroom in the North Building
405 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee

5:45 Cocktail reception
7:00 Dinner and program

$200 per person
$2,000 per table of ten



Event Chairs: Fr. Enrique Hernandez and Mrs. Beth Grusenski

Praised be Jesus Christ! The Lord continues to bless Saint Francis de Sales Seminary in extraordinary ways! We will welcome more than 90 seminarians this fall. Every bishop in Wisconsin is sending his men to the Salesianum, and now, bishops from as far as Spokane, WA and Albany, NY are joining them. The priestly formation offered at Saint Francis de Sales is gaining national attention!

It is exciting to be a part of these halcyon days, but the Lord expects us to do our part! We must provide a home where men experience the love of God and are formed as priests of Jesus Christ.

We invite you into this sacred mission. You have prayed for priests, and now we encourage you to enthusiastically support the men who have come forward! An outstanding way to do this is by being a sponsor of our Annual Dinner. Our signature event will be exceptional this year! We will gather in the Baird Center’s beautiful new fourth-floor ballroom, and together we will open a new chapter in the storied history of the Seminary.

Your past support of the dinner has been critical to the Seminary’s success. Please lead the way again this year! Help us to form priests who have Zeal for the Lord’s House. Please prayerfully consider the sponsorship opportunities below and be as generous as you can. Thank you!

Directions and Parking

Baird CenterThis year's dinner is in the Baird Center's new north building, just across the street from the previous venue. The address is 405 West Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee. Find directions and parking opportunities.

The Baird Center offers convenient indoor parking in the Baird Center garage with entrances at 500 West Wells Street or 433 West Kilbourn Avenue. For additional parking options you can download the Interstate Parking app available on the Apple App or Google Play stores.


The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered at the Seminary for dinner attendees. Please join us in prayer at 4:45 p.m. in Christ King Chapel, if you are able. The Seminary is located at 3257 South Lake Drive, Saint Francis. Please indicate if you plan to attend the Mass when you RSVP to the dinner or contact Lisa Brielmaier at 414-747-6463.

Sponsorship Opportunities

More than one of each sponsorship may be accepted. Table benefits are offered until the event is sold out.

EVENT SPONSOR​ | $50,000
Lead the way. Guests will see your sponsorship sign inside the ballroom doors. Includes three tables of ten, a full-page program ad, and podium thank you.

Make a statement of support for the Seminary. Guests will see your sponsorship sign inside the ballroom doors. Includes two tables of ten, a full-page program ad, and podium thank you.

Promote the priesthood. Includes two tables of ten, a full-page program ad, and podium thank you.

Offer a gracious welcome to all. Includes one table of ten, a full-page program ad, and podium thank you.

Add beauty to the dinner with elegant floral centerpieces. Includes one table of ten, a half-page program ad, and podium thank you.

Shine a spotlight on the seminarians by sponsoring the slideshow presentation. Your own logo will be part of the loop. Includes two dinner tickets and program mention.

TABLE HOST | $2,000
Bless your family and friends with a table for ten. Includes program mention.

PROGRAM AD | $450, $350, $250
Place a full-page, half-page, or quarter-page color ad in the dinner program. We can design your ad for you. It will be seen by 2,000 Catholics!

Cover the cost of a grateful seminarian's dinner ticket. Includes program mention.

Download the sponsorship registration form.

For more information, contact Lisa Brielmaier at 414-747-6463.

2023 Annual Seminary Dinner

Over 2,000 people came out in support of priestly formation on Friday, October 6, 2023. It was a tremendous evening filled with faith and friends. Please enjoy and share the video that premiered at the dinner.

Zeal Seminary Video

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