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 honor St. Joseph with heartfelt …

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 180 The Catechism states that, “a house of prayer in which the Eucharist is celebrated and reserved…ought to be in good taste and …

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 top left photo of …

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, and the cloister and buttresses …

Deltas Prepare Dinner Deliziosa

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Sunday was Delta Day at the seminary, which meant that it was the Delta class’s turn to prepare and serve a meal for the rest of the house. The Deltas decided on a menu featuring American Italian cuisine. With the assistance, instruction, and family recipes of Fr. Kauth and his mother Sharon, they made homemade pasta, calzones, meatballs, and Caesar …

National Vocation Awareness Week

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I am frequently told entertaining stories by parents about how their children pretend to be priests or seminarians at home – solemnly processing into the living room with their hands folded or elevating a Nilla wafer and grape juice. I find it encouraging. After all, children imitate their heroes. (A side benefit of kids playing Mass? They often pay closer …

Building a Place for Prayer

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“You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace …

Feeding the Faith of our Fathers

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The formation of a priest does not end at ordination. A faithful priest must continually work to deepen his understanding of scripture, the saints, Catholic doctrine, and most importantly, his relationship with our Lord. The priests of our diocese were recently blessed with an opportunity for reflection and renewal at a retreat led by Fr. Gus Esposito, an Augustinian priest …

Do you speak Brick?

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The craftsmen constructing our brickwork have been very busy this week…and doing beautiful work! As we move toward the more communal and therefore celebrated part of the seminary building, the language of brick and stone becomes more elegant. The view here is the south wall of the refectory which will be our Phase I chapel. The buttresses are more articulated, …

A Study in Contrasts

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It was standing room only when the Diocese of Charlotte’s Vicar General (Fr. Patrick Winslow) and CFO (Bill Weldon) joined our seminarians for lunch last week. The two stopped by after touring the construction site of our seminary building, where there will no doubt be room for all of our seminarians and their guests to sit down to lunch together …