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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Beauty of Birth...

The Saint John's Seminary Community was blessed today by the birth of  Dylan Richard Barry, son of Sandy Barry, our Director of Annual Giving, and her husband Craig.  Sandy writes: "He is 7lbs, 3oz, 20" long, and (obviously) the cutest thing we've ever seen/completely perfect in every way."  

"You formed my inmost being; 
you knit me in my mother’s womb."

Psalm 139:13

Thursday, July 10, 2014

French Language Studies...

We just heard from Boston seminarian John Guinan who is studying French in France this summer.  He writes: "It has been wonderful to visit so many places where Catholicism has left its mark. Saturday I went to the church of St. Lazar in Autun, where the Church first introduced statues as a way of communicating the faith. Then, yesterday, I was in Avignon where I toured the Papal Palace. Incredible to see!  I've attached a picture below. 

Please pray for all our seminarians in parishes throughout New England, studying languages in Europe and South America, and even in Calcutta with the Sisters of Charity!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tallis Scholars in the Summer

Among the participants in the Tallis Scholars group this summer at Uppingham School in England are our own Dr. Janet Hunt and seminarian Josh Wilbur.  Here's a short video of Dr. Hunt conducting a group of the summer scholars.  How blessed we are by the gift of music which opens our hearts to the beauty of the face of God!

Monday, July 7, 2014

With Josh Wilbur in Rome...

Our Seminarian Josh Wilbur (Hartford) is spending part of the summer with the Tallis Scholars in England,  but first he stopped off in Rome to visit with Kevin Leaver (Boston), studying at the North American College.  Josh writes: "Here are some photos from my trip to Rome... most from St. Peter's Basilica.  St. Peter's was exactly as I expected; marvelous and overwhelming!  I had the opportunity to have private Masses three out of my four days there with Fr. Michael Casey (5th year priest at the NAC for the Archdiocese of Hartford, now back home at his new parish in Manchester, CT) and Kevin Leaver.  The Pallium Mass on Sunday with Pope Francis was a wonderful experience... one that I won't soon forget.  Kevin and I also climbed the 551-steps to the cupola of St. Peter's!  Woof!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Doubting Thomas is Us

We usually point a finger at Thomas.  Doubting Thomas.  Unbelieving Thomas.  Weak in Faith. But listen to the last prayer of today’s Mass, when we will ask God “that we may recognize [the Lord] with the Apostle Thomas by faith as our Lord and our God.”

Each of us doubt.  The faith of each one us fails.  And God, in his infinite patience says to us, “look…it’s me.  Be not unbelieving, but believe.”

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Prayers for Baby Barry

Members of the SJS staff gathered last week for a Baby Shower for Sandy Barry, our Director of Annual Giving.  Please keep Sandy and her husband Craig in your prayers as they await the birth of their first child in the coming weeks.