Union With God | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 7

For a Christian, the goal of the virtuous life is union with God. Our Lord told us that Heaven is to know God and Jesus Christ whom he sent. By using the virtues to perfect our ability to know, we are preparing our soul to know God in Heaven. This path of human formation through …

The Gentle Virtues | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 6

“The qualities to be fostered in a human formation program are freedom, openness, honesty and flexibility, joy and inner peace, generosity and justice, personal maturity, interpersonal skills, common sense, aptitude for ministry, and growth “in moral sensibility and character.””[1] As we near the end of our Lenten focus on building a virtuous life, we might …

Chastity in Every Vocation | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 5

Human formation for celibacy should aim toward an affective maturity, which is the ability to live a true and responsible love. Signs of affective maturity in the candidate are prudence, vigilance over body and spirit, compassion and care for others, ability to express and acknowledge emotions, and a capacity to esteem and respect interpersonal relationships …

Conversion Through Confession | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 4

“The Sacrament of Penance fosters the mature recognition of sin, continuous conversion of heart, growth in the virtues, and conformity to the mind of Christ.” Now that we are halfway through Lent, our good intentions may be wavering and we must push forward even though the initial excitement may be gone. By now, we’ve realized …

The Human Virtues | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 3

“Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life.” (CCC 1804) At the college seminary, we spend a lot of time focusing …

The Three Greatest Virtues | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 2

“The seminary also must be a school of spiritual growth in which seminarians are formed into men of prayer, imbued with those virtues that only grace can bring: faith, hope, and charity.”[1] As we journey through Lent, we are reminded of our own lowliness in the presence of God. Every gift, even our very existence, is …

The Virtuous Life | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 1

Imagine yourself at the foot of a mountain. Dawn is just peeking through the trees and you can see your breath in the brisk morning air. You turn your phone on airplane mode, knowing full well the battery won’t last the multi-day journey to the summit. Reaching to the ground at your feet, you swing …

Father, please just answer my question!

Do you ever ask your parish priest a question and instead of an answer get three questions in response? You might find that frustrating, but your priest can’t help it…he’s trained that way! The U.S.C.C.B. Program of Priestly Formation requires a rigorous study of philosophy for all men who enter the seminary. “The study of philosophy is …

Join Our Seminarians for Solemn Vespers

One of the ways a college seminarian forms devout habits is through daily participation in the Divine Office, also known as the Liturgy of the Hours. Flowing from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours extends one’s sacrifice of praise throughout the day. Through “psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles” (Ephesians 5:19), …

Seminarians March in Prayer and Peaceful Protest

Fr. Matthew Kauth, who was born in the year of the Roe v. Wade decision, noted, “I could have been one of the first to fall prey to a law giving a nation the ‘right’ to infanticide. My father and mother gave me life in accordance with God’s plan.” On Friday, St. Joseph College seminarians …