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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Camden Fraternity

One of the highlights of this year far for me was the time spent with my fellow Camden seminarians. Usually, every semester, all of us seminarians try to get together for a fraternal night. This semester was no different. Yet, this time felt extremely different from the rest of the...

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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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Preparing Ourselves for this Semester of Formation

It is hard to believe that another academic year is here, and we are back to sitting in the classroom. One of the highlights of this formation year is the fact that I am no longer the only Camden Seminarian studying at Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie). This past August, I...

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A New School Year

It has been five weeks since the new school year has started here at Immaculate Conception Seminary. There has been a lot going on, least of which is the loss of my and many others spiritual director, Fr. Bill McDonald. Fr. Bill is from the diocese of Stockton, CA. He...

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Being Faithful Despite the Suffering

As the academic year comes to a close, many of us will be getting ready for our summer activities. For many of us, this includes the beach, the pool, the boardwalk, baseball games, and just relaxing with some good friends. The seminarians of the Diocese of Camden will have to...

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Should Jesus Christ be my Friend?

One of my favorite movies is the Disney movie Big Hero 6, because I think it deals with many Christian themes through the prism of a secular figure in contemporary culture. In Christian circles today, we hear many people testify to the importance of a friendship with Jesus Christ in...

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