The priest retreat, of which I attended 2.5 days this past week, was a great opportunity to return to the brotherhood of the priesthood of our diocese. It is really special to be able to spend time with my fellow priests who have themselves given their lives to the Lord for the sake of this diocese, this local church.
The Pentecost Collection for the Education of Seminarians is a collection to help support the education of our seminarians. We ask for your prayerful and generous response to support the funding of this important collection.
Our diocese is blessed to have more than 25 seminarians. God has blessed us with many vocations to the priesthood and religious life. I am thankful for the support that people have shown me for the past six years. Because of your great generosity I have been able to focus on my vocation and not so much on financial matters.
What is Ananias Training? Inspired by the important role Ananias played in St. Paul's journey to Christ, Ananias Training will help parishes, homes, and apostolates become places where we can: recognize the stages of another's spiritual journey through compassionate listening; listen lovingly to their real questions and opinions about God in order to guide the discovery of how God is present and active in a person's life; talk about our relationship with God; share how we came to be a disciple of Jesus; share Jesus' own story in response to the spiritual hunger of another.
The Easter season concludes next week with the celebration of Pentecost, and today we recall the Lord's Ascension into heaven. As the Lord ascends into heaven, we are simultaneously reminded of our destiny as Christians, and of our work here on earth. While our Lord takes our human nature into the heavens and "returns to the Father," we are charged by Jesus to be witnesses before the world of this Good News. May we be the best of witnesses by living the faith in word and deed. It is a great joy for me to see the ways we as a parish are committed to generously sharing with the poor and needy around us. May we continue to allow our community of faith to be a leaven in this world through our deeds of "small things with great love."
I just finished my sixth year of seminary formation. Seminary is a time of discernment and learning. My favorite courses in the seminary have always been sacred scripture; I love reading and learning about sacred scripture. Seminary formation has four pillars: Spiritual, Human, Pastoral, and Intellectual. For us seminarians the most important pillar is Spiritual formation.