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Parent to Parent: Advice for Helping Sons Discern the Priesthood

We asked the parents of our college seminarians what advice they would give to other parents whose sons are discerning a vocation to Holy Orders. Here are their responses! ____________ "Pray hard for your son to make the right decision, and don't over think it. Trust in the Lord and His plan." ____________ "To the mothers: step back one pace from your son, hold your opinions silently, and pray like you have never prayed before. To dads: support, listen, be positive, offer to help put all options on the table and consider them together, be a role model of the ...

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How Our First Year in Seminary Changed us For the Better

Summer break is here, and our young men in formation have officially completed their first year of college seminary. A major milestone! At the mid-point of the year we caught up with them find out The Biggest Life Lessons We Learned in our First Semester of Seminary. Now that their first year is finished, we asked them to take a reflective look back and answer the below question: What is your greatest area of personal growth upon completion of your first year of seminary? How are you different now than one year ago; what has changed for the better? Here are their ...

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The Biggest Life Lessons We Learned in Our First Semester of Seminary

With their first semester under their sashes, we asked our seminarians what was the greatest life lesson they learned during semester one of seminary. Here are their responses!

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Watch: How Ancient Artistry Was Used to Make a Modern Day Tabernacle

This year, on the November 20th feast of Christ the King, a hand-crafted, gold-gilded tabernacle was ceremoniously installed in the St. Joseph College Seminary chapel. It has taken the better part of a year to complete, and is the expert craftsmanship of two local Catholic artists: Jacob Wolfe of Ars Coeli studio to build the structure, and Mary Clark of Studio Magdalena to lay the paint and gold gilding―using ancient techniques dating to 2,000 years before the birth of Christ. Watch below for a description of the lovingly detailed process of this exquisite work ...

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Spiritual Mothers: God’s Special Weapon in His Fight Against Evil

The below article posted at Catholic Exchange is a beautiful explanation of the important charism of spiritual motherhood in the life of the Church, and, our newly founded St. Joseph College Seminary is benefiting from precisely such a gift. The Daughters of the Virgin Mother, a new apostolic movement in the Diocese of Charlotte, was established by Sr. Mary Raphael out of a desire to serve the spiritual and practical needs of our growing number of seminarians. It was founded in providential timing to support our college seminary as it launched with eight young men ...

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The Symbolic Meaning of Our House Cassock

The type of collar is unique to St. Joseph Seminary as it has three red diagonal lines on the right and left. These red cords are then drawn together by a seventh which continues wrapping down the right side. These are symbolic of the virtues which clothe a new man in Christ, namely justice, prudence, fortitude, temperance, faith and hope, with charity as the form of the virtues which draws them all together and gives them their end, namely, friendship with God. Finally, the fascia or sash is worn as a traditional sign of having one’s passions girded by the aforementioned virtues.

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The Kind of Priests We Need as the Spirit of America Shifts

Read: The Kind of Priests We Need as the Spirit of America Shifts
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As much as we American Catholics love our country, we live in a nation that’s rapidly changing. Our culture is becoming something quite alien right before our eyes; something different in kind, not merely in degree, from anything in our nation’s past. American life still has a reservoir of biblical content. And compared to other developed countries, most Americans are still very religious. But it’s also true that our nation is more and more unfriendly to Catholic belief in its laws, court decisions and political life.

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Our Rector’s Talk on God’s Mercy & Justice

Fr. Matthew Kauth, Rector of St. Joseph College Seminary, spoke on the topic of mercy at the 2016 Year of Mercy-themed Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte. Watch below. https://youtu.be/sZGIkU0-3EI

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Fr. Buettner Named House Spiritual Director

Our seminarians after Sunday Mass at St. Michael's in Gastonia with Fr. Matthew Buettner, pastor. Fr. Buettner is working a few days a week with the seminary and has been appointed by the Bishop as the house spiritual director.

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“The answer to the current crisis will not be found in ‘Catholic Lite.’ It will only be found in a classic Catholicism—a Catholicism with the courage to be countercultural, a Catholicism that has reclaimed the wisdom of the past in order to face the corruption of the present and create a renewed future, a Catholicism that risks the high adventure of fidelity.” - George Weigel