I always find it amazing how fast time really moves when you’re not paying attention. I end my summer assignment, spend a couple weeks with my mom and then go back to seminary, only to find that I get involved with my studies and 2 ½ months have gone by since I made a post. So much for consistency. I was actually trying to build up some readership on my website, but I have probably lost whatever readers I had. If you’re actually reading this, thank you for your patience and persistence.

So since I last posted, as I said, I spent a couple weeks with my mom and then returned to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. This is my last year before ordination and I can’t believe how fast the previous four years have gone. I get ordained to the diaconate this May and then I only have one year of seminary left. As I look forward to the next eighteen months it seems like there’s an awful lot to do in a very short amount of time.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, my ordination date has been confirmed. I will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on May 25, 2013 by his Excellency Bishop Michael Sheridan. I am very excited!

The classes I’m taking have been pretty light compared to previous years, but on the other hand, I am working on my thesis so that takes up a significant amount of my free time. This year the classes are a little bit different in that many of them address more practical aspects of the priesthood rather than theoretical. In fact in my Deacon practicum we have just completed practicing Baptism and this coming week we will start practicing the Mass. As my professor Fr. Swift said to our class, right now it’s fun but about March it’ll hit you how fast things are moving and you will take this much more seriously. Not that were not taking our class seriously now, but he says there is a much greater intensity the closer people get to ordination. He says this happens every year.

Over the next few weeks there will also be some changes to my website. I plan on developing a new page which contains videos which people can view and download. The current video regarding the fire in Colorado Springs this past summer will be moved from the front page to this video page. I will also be adding videos the people have sent me, or which I have discovered, that I think may be of interest to my readers. So look for this new and exciting page.

Two days ago we started the Year of Faith as ordained by his Excellency Pope Benedict XVI. There are many great and beautiful prayers associated with this year faith as well as several indulgences and I will try to share these over the next few weeks. Certainly if you have any questions regarding these prayers, indulgences or special activities feel free to drop me a note. I look forward to these as it gives me something to talk about other than myself and my life, wich isn’t that exciting to begin with.

Also over the next few weeks I will be adding to the ordination pages but primarily to the diaconate ordination page. Things will be added as time permits and I find what is needed for my ordination. Again if you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me either by email or directly through the website.

I guess that’s it for now and I hope that there is someone in the wide world who actually still watches my website. For you wonderful readers I promise not to let 2 ½ months go by again without adding some new content. Of course if I slip and some time does go by, feel free to call me on it. I love hearing from my readers.

May God be with each of you and may we all pray for an increase in the virtue of Faith as we enter this Year of Faith.


 


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