A video update of our construction progress

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It’s hard to believe that we will soon be moving into our new college seminary. I wanted to share this brief update on the construction progress, as it is your prayers and generosity that have made this project possible.It’s hard to believe that we will soon be moving into our new college seminary. I wanted …

Seminarians Get Creative During Stay-at-Home Order

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Last weekend the SJCS seminarians took advantage of Sunday’s freedom from fasting when they engaged in a friendly cooking competition. Each class prepared their most creative cuisine based on some unusual parameters: Each class drew a slip of paper with the word “pasta” or “dessert.” Each class was given a “secret ingredient” to incorporate into …

Keeping vigil in uncertain times

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The times in which we live have been repeatedly characterized as “uncertain times.” However, two things remain certain: Although many of us are experiencing insecurity, confusion, and unrest, God is not uncertain. Our heavenly Father’s plan is unfolding according to Divine Providence, giving us innumerable opportunities during this holy season of Lent to sacrifice ourselves without complaint; …

Happy Solemnity of St. Joseph!

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Four years ago, we began. One year ago we laid the first footing. Here we are today.Blessings and thanksgiving abound. In time of plague, God’s people were told to “go to St. Joseph.” Ite ad Ioseph! Opus Dei has a tradition of putting that phrase on their tabernacle keys. Let us turn to St. Joseph in this, …

Antics while Abstaining

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Only in seminary. Today is James Tweed’s birthday and so the guys decorated with streamers and created a candle and cake made from bread and butter. It’s an Ember day in Lent, so it’s a serious fast day. Apparently they are not fasting from brotherly fun!Only in seminary. Today is James Tweed’s birthday and so …

When the Creator and Craftsman Converge

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As Catholics, we are accustomed to ornate crucifixes hanging above the altar, intricate stained-glass windows, and walls lined with paintings and statues of the saints. Collectively they create an atmosphere fills the senses and thus informs the mind that we are in the presence of the sacred. One of the areas of sacred art often …

2020: The Year of St. Joseph

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I hope by now you have heard that Bishop Jugis has declared 2020 the “Year of St. Joseph” for the Diocese of Charlotte. This joyous celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being solemnly declared Patron of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius IX in his decree Quemadmodum Deus. Throughout 2020, our Diocese will …

Lifting Our Eyes to Heaven

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“Christians construct buildings for divine worship. These visible churches are not simply gathering places, but signify and make visible the Church living in this place, the dwelling of God with men reconciled and united to Christ.”CCC 180The Catechism states that, “a house of prayer in which the Eucharist is celebrated and reserved…ought to be in …

Pleasant Temperatures and Progress Continue

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Although it is December, moderate temperatures and beautiful blue skies have created favorable conditions for construction of our new college seminary. I wanted to share with you a few of the photos I took earlier this week.In the top right photo, you can see that work on our cloister walk is essentially complete! In the …

Six months later and we have our chapel!

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It’s been a productive week on the construction site of our college seminary. It’s actually been a productive year! Exactly six months ago, I sent you this photo with our seminarians in front of what was only steel framework. As you can see in the other two photos, our brick work is coming along beautifully, …