Holy Hours

No, I’m not talking about once a week or once a month.  I’m talking about once a day. Many seminaries require a daily holy hour of their seminarians, whether in common with the rest of the house or on your own.  This was incredibly daunting to me as I entered seminary; I occasionally did daily … More Holy Hours

Genuine Masculinity

Man up! Be a man! What do these phrases often mean? They are often used to criticize men who are not living up to some standard. “You’ve been dating for how long, and you haven’t slept with her yet? Man up!” “Are you scared? Aren’t you man enough?” In today’s American culture, men are expected to … More Genuine Masculinity

Your Primary Vocation

Take a few moments and think to yourself about the question “What is my primary vocation?” If you’re on this site, you’re probably discerning a vocation to priesthood, brotherhood, sisterhood, or marriage. But before one does that, they first have to acknowledge their primary vocation in life: to be a saint. The word vocation and the name … More Your Primary Vocation

Public Person

Before I entered the seminary, I was a Broadcast Journalism major at a public university. It was the only thing I ever wanted to be when I was growing up. I remember flipping through my old 3rd grade journal during my senior year of high school and reading my old dreams and aspirations. For the … More Public Person

Who Am I?

Fundamentally, this question drives everything we do. From our political views to how we interact with others. Our identity is the basis of who we are as an individual and how we understand it affects the way we pray. I’ll start. I am a son, a brother, and a seminarian. I have a rural upbringing with … More Who Am I?

Father knows best

What does it mean to be a father? A standard definition of an ideal father is that he acts as a leader, protector, and provider. In a perfect world, seeing these traits would be more common than they actually are. Growing up, I remember waking up for school just as my dad was leaving for … More Father knows best

Dear Seminarians

Recently, Pope Francis released a document about seminary formation and the value of a vocation. I don’t see any new ground being broken, but it’s a good “bird’s eye view” of the vision of seminaries in the eyes of Rome. The Gift of the Priestly Vocation Peace. About the author