God’s Love Transcends Time and Space

A verse that I have been meditating on these past few weeks is Luke 22:39-46: “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a...

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Holy Hour

Sunday’s tend to be busy here at the college seminary at Saint Andrew’s Hall. Among the many things we have on Sunday, it all wraps up at 8:00pm with a Holy Hour. Exposition and Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament allow us to bring all our cares and anxieties...

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Living in the Midst of Longing

A few weeks ago, Joseph Cardinal Tobin of Newark gave the seminarians at Immaculate Conception Seminary a day of recollection in preparation for Advent and Christmas. In one of his conferences, he spoke about how we are “living in the midst of longing.” During the weeks leading up to Christmas,...

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Marathon

Earlier this semester, I ran the Atlantic City Marathon, which was my first marathon. I have always enjoyed running, and when I first signed up for the race, my intentions were almost entirely human. It was just another cool accomplishment to cross off of my bucket list. As I continued...

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Friendship

Last week the Church celebrated the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). St. Andrew holds a special place in the hearts of many of the seminarians of the Camden Diocese, myself included, as many of us attend or are alumni of St. Andrew’s Hall. To celebrate St. Andrew’s...

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Summer Pastoral Assignment

This past summer I was blessed to have a summer pastoral assignment at Notre Dame de la Mer in Wildwood, NJ. It was great to be out of the classroom at the seminary and put into real life situations at the parish. During the summer I was blessed to lead...

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Mid Semester Chaos

Throughout the past couple of weeks, I have found myself stressed out about the workload that has been given to me, along with the formation schedule. As per Semester, in the middle of the academic term, I and the other seminarians have a tendency to be swamped by our academic...

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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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Trying to Discern God’s Call

My Name is Tom Piro and I’m a seminarian for the Diocese of Camden. I was born in 1998 in Cape May Court House to Anthony and Debra Piro, and I am the youngest of four. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother, and as my pastor would say, “I...

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