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The Gift of the Priesthood

On Friday, July 19, 2013, the Vocation Office officially posted the first of its brand new series videos in a project filmed and produced by US Digital Partners and on Monday, July 22nd they officially launched its promotion and it has been met with wild enthusiasm. For a video that is nearly 10 minutes long on YouTube it has already been seen over 5000 times by people all across the nation in just its first month! And the series launch has only just begun! Of course, every project like this has a little bit of …

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The Gospel’s Tough, Kid!

As a seminarian, I was assigned to live at a local parish. One of my duties there was to assist the pastor in setting up for Mass and other services. One day I was readying for a baptism, getting out the oils, candle, baptismal garment, and last of all, filling a basin with water to eventually be blessed and poured over the child’s head. I had been preparing a basin of warm water, when the pastor questioned me, “What are you doing? Are you using warm water?” I said that I was and explained how …

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Hearing God’s Call: Think About It; Pray About It

How does someone know they are called to the priesthood or religious life? It’s a difficult question – rarely is it like a flash of lightning, or a voice, or a vision.  If vocations depended on signs like these, we would have a lot fewer priests and religious. But one thing is certain: the Lord continues to call and He calls in as many different ways as there are individuals.  He calls each of us by name in a way suited to our individual circumstances for Christ knows us even better than we know ourselves. …

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Ma’am you should be a priest.

A few years ago I was volunteering at a local pro-life event, when a Catholic acquaintance approached me to say hello.  She asked what I was doing these days.  At my reply that I am studying for a master’s in theology, she grumbled, “It’s a shame you’re into that Theology of the Body, or else you could be a priest.”  Shocked, I attempted to collect my composure being answering.   I have had a handful of Protestants ask if my goal was to be a minister upon graduation.  Despite my insistence to the contrary, middle-aged Brenda, …

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Move-In Day at the Seminary

As tens of thousands of 18-year-olds descend upon colleges and universities for “move-in” day, a smaller number (seventeen in total), but wiser (average age 28) group of new students arrived on Sunday, August 26 to move into Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. Each begins the 5-7 year process of discernment and preparation for priesthood. Since time immemorial, move-in day at the seminary has been marked by the returning seminarians moving the “new men” into their rooms. With carts and dollies and muscle power, the new seminarians were amazed to find all of their belongings hoisted into their …

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The Weight of A Mass

Recently my sister shared with me a children’s book she had read to her son. Titled The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith, it is the story of a poor widow who begs for bread from a baker. Unable to pay, the widow offers her prayers for him – her participation at one Mass. Incredulous, the baker questions what one Mass might be worth in bread and writes on a scrap of paper: “One Mass.” When the paper is placed on the scales, he finds that not all the bread in his store, …

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“You’ll Always Be Their Favorite Uncle!”

As happens from time to time during seminary formation, doubts and concerns had crept into my prayer.  I was still in college seminary and things were not going as smoothly as I had originally hoped and the prospect of facing six more years of seminary seemed daunting.  Luckily, one of the priests on staff noticed the lack of my usual smile and pulled me aside to chat, mainly to explore what was getting to me. As far as I remember, I think one of my sisters had just had another child and everyone back home …

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