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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Burlington Ordinations

The last ordinations of the season were celebrated in Burlington, Vermont this weekend as our own Curtis Miller was ordained a priest and Joseph Sanderson was ordained as a Deacon.  Matthew Rensch, a seminarian from the North American College was also ordained to the Priesthood.

I was also honored to be at Father Miller’s first Mass this morning in Colchester.  His homily began with the question: “What are people looking for when they ring the rectory doorbell?”  Of course, they are looking for Christ, but who do they find?  A priest, with all his faults and brokenness.  But this is as Jesus willed it, that the priest be an alter Christus, that through him Christ might still be present to his people.  It was a wonderful homily.

Each of the ordinations and first Mass homilies of the past few weeks have touched me and the members of the faculty with the extraordinary realization that God has reached into the lives of these men and worked miracles, transforming them into vessels of his grace.  It is a wonder to behold!

Deacon Joseph Sanderson stands to the right, as Father Curtis Miller offers the Sign of Peace to the members of the Presbyterate of Burlington and other priests who were present.

Bishop Coyne with Fathers Miller and Rensch.

Bishop Coyne imposes hands on Deacon Sanderson.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Summer is for patching the roof...

A very brave workman in a little bucket has been patching the roof all around Saint John's Hall this week.  If you listen closely, you can also hear the saws and hammers as we add one faculty apartment and four junior suites to the seminary and completely rebuild Deacon House on Our Lady of the Presentation Campus.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Familiar faces...

Our own Matt Gill, Robert Little and Tom Willis continue their pilgrim days through the Rome Experience.  Here they stand before the early eighteenth century statue of our Patron by Camillo Rusconi in the Major Basilica of Saint John Lateran, mother Church of all the world!  Gee, I wonder where I have seen this image before?




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Congratulations Deacons Battey, Brice and Morris!

I'm delighted we finally got some photos from the May 28th ordination to the Diaconate at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence. Bishop Robert Evans ordained three men of Saint John's Seminary: Deacons Stephen Michael Battey, Jean Joseph Brice and Brian John Morris.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

SJS in South Korea!

Father Romanus Cessario, OP is on a pilgrimage to South Korea with the newly ordained Father Chris Bae and seminarian Joseph Kim in these days.  I was delighted to receive some photos from their clearly enjoyable journey.  Safe travels, brothers!

Friday, June 3, 2016

With Gratitude to God…

The Saint John’s Seminary Board of Trustees met in an extraordinary session this morning in order to approve two real estate acquisitions which are signs of the unprecedented growth of Saint John’s Seminary in recent years.

The Board of Trustees and the Members of the Corporation of Saint John’s Seminary approved a payment to Boston College in order to terminate the 99-year lease of the Annex: several floors of rooms above the refectory, known affectionately to past generations as “popcorn alley.”  It is hoped that additional space for seminarians and faculty will be available for occupancy in about a year.

Secondly, the Board approved the purchase  of a house within sight of the front door of Saint John’s Seminary at 54 Lake Street to be used for the housing of seminarians and priests.  

Already underway are the construction of “Deacon House” as a residence for our fourth year men in the former Our Lady of the Presentation Rectory and a renovation of the main seminary building in order to provide apartments for additional faculty.  With the sale of Saint Gabriel’s Rectory, present home of the Theological Institute, a brand new Theological Institute is being built into the Lecture Hall and Library on Our Lady of the Presentation Campus.

So, if you have a chance today, say a little prayer of thanks to God who has granted us a little breathing room in this holy house to form more and more future shepherds for his holy flock!