Fatherhood

It was about this time eight years ago, I was asked to be a guardian of my friends’ children in case something happened. It got my attention on many levels. The biggest one was, “could I be a dad?” I called my dad for advice. I remember one thing he...

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Forgiveness is Key

I was perusing my bookshelf the other day and came across one called Forgiveness is Key. A few things have been said this semester that have made me think more about forgiveness. One was a seminarian who was sharing his vocation story at the discernment retreat – he said that...

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Gifts

This summer, a spiritual director suggested that I meditate on 1Corinthians 12. It talks about how each of us have unique combinations of gifts and parts to play in God’s Kingdom. A recent experience at seminary helped me to better understand those truths. Our class was responsible for organizing a...

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Service

Hi, my name is John March and I’m a seminarian with the Diocese of Camden. I was born to Bill and Maureen in Philadelphia, PA and I’m the middle child. My brother is 8 years older than me he resides in Philadelphia and my sister is 2 years younger than...

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House Jobs

At seminary, we have these things called “house jobs.” Each seminarian has three. They range from things like watching the front desk to various liturgical roles. My jobs are: Chapel Librarian, MC (a simpler “behind the scenes” master of ceremonies), and Arts and Environment. Though not too complex, I have...

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Tips from Tom

There’s a guy named Tom in a nearby parish. A few years ago, he began to take a more active role in the community. In the process, he has found some more ways to share his gifts with others. The story of how he got started may have some helpful...

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November: The Month of Holy Souls

Like many parishes, the seminary offers the opportunity to pray for our departed friends and loved ones in a special way during this month. I have a friend who died in 2008 who I would like to remember this month. He has helped me a lot in my vocation. Maybe...

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