What Being a Seminarian Teaches You

Hello, my name is Christopher Abraham. I am 18 years of age and in my first year of College Seminary at St. Andrew’s Hall at Seton Hall University. As I am preparing for my second semester of college and seminary life, I look back to see what I have learned...

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What God Dreamed for My Life

After finding many alternatives of happiness in our lives, we often face the question of whether we are doing right for our future. Alternatives that we believe promise us the true happiness are crossed in our path. Sometimes even, we invest time and effort in what apparently leads us to...

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Celibacy: A Sacrifice of Love

Once I returned for my second year of formation at St. Andrew’s College Seminary, I was reflecting on a few questions. I prayed about the question of celibacy and the “lonely life” that comes with it, or so society emphasizes on us. I prayed over the questions; What would I...

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The Hour of Love

Archbishop Fulton Sheen continually preached the importance of praying an hour with Our Lord every day in the Presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Sheen said, “The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for activity did He plead but...

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He Leadeth Me

For my first book for spiritual reading this semester, I decided to read a classic called He Leadeth Me. It’s a short book, only about 200 pages, and it details the life of a Jesuit priest who decided to go to the Soviet Union in the 1940’s to minister to...

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A Light Shining in the Darkness

Going into my pastoral year, I never would have imagined that the Church in the United States would be going through the crisis that it has been enduring over the past few months. The actions of few in leadership have re-opened the wounds that seemed to have been healing and...

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Communion and Liberation

During my first semester here at St. Joseph’s Seminary, I have found myself busier than I could have imagined. Between classes, community prayer, training for a marathon, formation conferences, writing papers, and trying to have some semblance of a social life, there is not much down time. Because I am...

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Discerning with my pastor

Hello, my name is George Creel and I am a seminarian for the diocese of Camden. I was born in Voorhees NJ and grew up in Williamstown NJ. I am the son of George and Karen Creel and brother to Kaitlyn and Sarah Creel. I am currently in my third...

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Sacrifice, Presence, and Fulfillment

This week is National Vocations Week. I would like to reflect on that briefly, and about sacrifice, presence, and fulfillment. As a seminarian, each of is assigned a different pastoral assignment. I am lucky this year, I get to be assigned to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ. Here, working...

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Awareness

 My name is Peter Gallagher and I’m a seminarian for the Diocese of Camden. I was born in 1994 in Voorhees, NJ to Kevin and Ann Gallagher. I have two sisters, Aileen my older sister and Claire my younger sister. My home parish is Christ the King where my...

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