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July 4 – A Good Day to Read the USCCB’s Statement on Religious Liberty

“We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and ...

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The Diocese of Charlotte: A Bastion of Catholicism in the South

The South is generally known as Protestant territory, but this stereotype is becoming increasingly inaccurate, particularly in the Diocese of Charlotte. While many can vividly remember a time when Catholics in North Carolina were persecuted for their beliefs, the Catholic population of our Diocese has grown immensely since Blessed Pope Paul VI first established the Diocese in 1972. With that growth, persecution has dimmed while acceptance and vitality have grown. In fact, we like to think of the Diocese as a bastion of Catholicism in the South. The Diocese traces ...

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Quo Vadis Days Helps Men Seek God’s Will For Their Lives

SJCS seminarians are looking forward to the Diocese of Charlotte’s sixth annual Quo Vadis Days, June 11 - 15. Many of them attended Quo Vadis Days before entering college seminary and are eager to assist other young men pondering God’s plan for their lives. The 5-day summer camp on the campus of Belmont Abbey College provides an opportunity for young men to consider the question, Quo Vadis?, Latin for “Where are you going?” According to tradition, when St. Peter was fleeing Rome for fear of being crucified, he had a vision in which he encountered Christ, ...

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Mom of Seminarian Says Son’s Graduation Makes Mother’s Day Even More Special

Aaron and his mom
There was an intimate bond between the hearts of Jesus and Mary. She delivered Christ and grace into the world when she said ‘yes,’ trusting in God’s plan for her and her Son. So it is with the mother of a seminarian, who relinquishes her son to God – to make His own and to direct according to His purpose – the son whom she carried, delivered, loved, raised, guided, and educated. Tammy Huber understands this bond well. Today, she celebrates Mother’s Day and the graduation of her son Aaron from St. Joseph College Seminary. “I cried when Aaron told me he ...

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Mother of Graduating Seminarian Has Much to Celebrate this Mother’s Day

When a child is baptized, the priest blesses the parents, saying: “You will be the first teachers of your children in the ways of faith. May you also be the best of teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what you say and do[1].” Dan and Beth Ohlhaut took these words to heart as they baptized and raised their nine children in the Catholic faith. This weekend, Beth celebrates more than Mother’s Day; she celebrates the graduation of her son Harry from St. Joseph College Seminary. “Harry is the fruit of an imperfect but loving and faithful marriage,” said Beth. ...

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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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