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The vocation to be a priest relies on a daily dialogue with Jesus, living with the Church

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Seminarians get a letter from Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, Prefect of Congregation for the Clergy for the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, advocating the need for the daily dialogue –the salvific meeting (an encounter)– with the Lord which builds a beautiful edifice of life and love. 

The cardinal highlights Pope Francis’ idea that in the priestly life there is a primacy of grace: a joy of bearing the cross of Jesus Christ, without which the priest is a mere functionary, not a disciple following a path cut out by the Lord –and, today, the Church– that is certain and life-giving. Only in the cross do we see the self-giving nature of God the Son; the lack of an embrace of the cross contributes to worldliness, secularism, the primacy of the self as the measure of all things.

Highlighted, too, is the faithfulness and thus dependence upon the proven tools of the spiritual life: silence, discernment, sacraments, spiritual direction, human and theological formation. Of course, all this demands that the formators in seminaries aren’t dysfunctional and ideological.

For more about the formation of men to be priests is a book written by the Most Reverend Massimo Camisasca, FSCB, The Challenge of Fatherhood (Human Adventure Books).


On the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate most significantly the day for the sanctification of priests and, as you are in the Seminary to respond in the most fitting way possible to your vocation, it is important for me to send you this letter, with great affection, so that you may feel involved and, as such, remember this important occasion.

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New life in a New England seminary

SJS Boston logo.jpgThe heart of a diocese is a seminary (or a seminary program if a diocese doesn’t have a major seminary formation program). No would have guessed 10 years following the sex abuse crisis erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston, that Saint John’s Seminary would see new life in forming men to be Catholic priests. Patrick Doyle wrote a very descent article for the Boston Magazine titled “Resurrection” on the uptick of the call to priesthood and good work of the Boston seminary.

Blessings on Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Msgr. Jim Moroney, and Father Eric Cadin, indeed on all of the Saint John’s Seminary community! A true testimony to grace!

St Joseph Abbey Seminary College damaged by fire

Saint Joseph Seminary College located at Saint Joseph Abbey (Covington, LA) suffered a fire overnight. the fire apparently started in the computer server room. Everyone –64 students displaced– is reported well.

The local news is noted here.
Prayers and fraternal support for the monastic community, faculty, staff and students.

New York undergrad Seminarians 2011

NY undergrad seminarians at Douglaston 2011.jpgBack to school. This year three New York dioceses are combining their undergraduate and pre-theology programs. The Archdiocese of NY has moved with the Brooklyn and Rockville Centre Dioceses in Douglaston (Queens), New York.

It is expected that the graduate theology program will merge at St Joseph’s Seminary next year.
photo by Fr Luke Sweeney

New York College Seminaries to merge in 2011

The Catholic New York announced in today’s edition that the Archdiocese of New York with the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre, will merge their college seminary formation programs. A statement was released on January 11, read here.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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