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Parish Finances

Peter and I just got back from a four-day conference at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore (where Juan Aguerre will be studying in a few weeks) looking at Parish Finances.  I don't come from a financial background, but I found this conference to be at a great level for me.  Most priests need to be a "jack-of-all-trades," and this class was structured to give seminarians and new priests a "Parish Finances 101" experience.  We had some great speakers and I felt pretty comfortable with the material.

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Visiting the Seminary

One of the things that prospective seminarians often do is to take a trip to the seminary and spend a few days experiencing the life of a seminarian.  I know that this was a huge blessing for me before I entered the seminary.  Not that I was necessarily worried about seminary life, but it certainly put me at ease to know a bit about what a seminarian experiences on a daily basis.  Before entering, I got a chance to spend a couple days at St. Mary in Baltimore as well as my seminary, Mount St. Mary in Emmitsburg.  Though I enjoyed my time at St.

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C.S. Lewis on Faith

Just recently, I was watching a DVD by Australian apologist Matt Fradd.  He was describing his journey to God.  In his high school days, he had become an agnostic, doubting whether one could know God or not.  Transformed by attending a World Youth Day in Rome, he was caught on fire with the Holy Spirit, and moved his relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ to the center of his being.  He tells a good tale, and with the Australian accent, he's automatically more interesting to listen to than most people.  :)

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Best Part of the Year

Well, I've returned to the seminary for my 8th semester (out of 12), and I'm ready to go.  Before the semester begins, I'll be doing a little bit of preparatory work for Mount2000, our youth conference for high schoolers that the seminarians put on each year.  But then begins the best part of the entire year... our 5-day silent retreat!

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Welcoming 50 New Men!

Both Peter and I are fortunate to be able to welcome the new seminarians to Mount St. Mary's this year.  Each year around 20 of the seminarians at the Mount arrive early to help welcome our new seminarians for the first time.  Going off to seminary can be quite an intense and frightening experience; some guys are very unsure of their attempt to study for the priesthood.  Other guys may feel that they are called to be priests, but are very unsure of packing up and moving halfway across the country.  Other guys are wary of giving up their homes to move into a dorm room.

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Finishing up at St. Mary

It's that time of year where seminarians finish up their summer assignments and getting ready to head back to school.  Typically, we are assigned to a parish in the diocese during the months of June and July, and we work with the pastor and priests to try to help out, and to gain an experience of ministry in a parish.  Each summer is usually in a different parish, so that we have a breadth of experience by the time we are ordained priests.

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Website Launch

Welcome to the new god-calls.com.  We have been trying to launch this facelift to our diocesan vocations page for a little while now, and we are finally up and running!  There are likely to be some hiccups along the way, but please be patient with us as we aim to provide more information about vocations and discernment to the priesthood of the Diocese of Norwich.

Please poke around and let us know what you think!

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Summer in Mystic

For my second summer assignment as a seminarian, I had the good fortune to be stationed at St. Patrick Parish, Mystic, CT.  For two months, I have been assisting at the parish, meeting the parishioners, and in general, getting a feel for parish life.  Everyone has been so kind and helpful, and I am not sure that I could be more blessed (not only do I get to spend the school year at an amazing seminary learning about our Lord, but then I get to spend my summer is Mystic!).  Fr. Kevin Reilly, the pastor of St.

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Evangelizing at George Mason

Two weeks ago, our seminary had a week off for our Fall Break.  I joined 22 of my seminarian brothers as we travelled to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia for our second "Evangelization Trip".  Wearing clerical shrits and collars, our job was to "cold call" different university students by inviting them to talk with us about religion in general, and the Catholic Church in particular.  This extracurricular activity has a two-fold purpose: (1) to reach out to people and spread the gospel, as Jesus calls us to do (Matthew 28: 19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations"); an

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Friday Afternoon.. at a Mosque

Today, I got to do something that most seminarians do not get a chance to do.. visit a mosque!  As part of my Islamic Philosophy coursework, my class (mostly university students) and I got to visit a mosque.  We witnessed traditional Friday afternoon prayers, and our hosts fed us a fine meal in the adjoining community center.  After lunch, their vice president of outreach sat down for a chat with us, and answered some of our questions. 

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