The Life of the Seminary in Summer

Bri Campbell Uncategorized

“Beauty awakens the soul to act.”

Dante Alighieri, canto Purgatorio 18, Divina Commedia

Dante puts it well. Is it not true, that surrounded by the beauty of summer, something new awakens in us? We are invited to praise God for the fullness of His creation.

Despite the leisure we normally associate with summer, we find St. Joseph College Seminary bustling with activity again. Not in a frantic way though, but in a focused silence. Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., is preaching a retreat for all our seminarians. This Dominican master is leading us along the paths of prayer, allowing us to deepen our love for the Lord and His Church, to recharge our interior life for what lies ahead.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., preaching to the seminarians.
Before and after the retreat, our seminarians are focused on a variety of summer assignments. The Theology students have their official parish assignments to help them gain experience and exposure to the life of a parish priest, by being immersed in a variety of activities in parishes around the diocese. Many of the other seminarians are also helping in parishes, thereby getting to know the people and places they will one day serve as priests. Be on the lookout for more reports about our seminarians' work around the diocese.
Lupo enjoys the quiet of summer, testing a donated rug.
Let me end this early summer greeting with words of gratitude. St. Thomas Aquinas notes that our greatest thanks are due to God, for He is the first principle of all our goods; but also, to our benefactors, from whom we have received particular and private favors. On behalf of all of us who work to fulfill the mission of St. Joseph College Seminary, thank you for all your support. Our campus, our facilities, and all that make it possible to run this work of God is made possible by your prayers, engagement, and giving. It is edifying to us to know that we are united with so many in our diocese, and beyond, in this adventure.