Leading Up To Ordination

This past week I was on retreat at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown. Once a year seminarians are required to make a retreat but for me this retreat was different. My retreat was what is known as a Canonical Retreat. This is a retreat required by Canon Law for those...

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Prayer: My New Language

Many of the priests at school tell me that prayer is similar to learning a new language. They say this because it takes a lot of practice and discipline to finally understand how the Holy Spirit wants us to pray. My prayer life before the seminary was not the greatest...

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Another Band of Brothers

The dramatic World War II series, “Band of Brothers,” told the story of Easy Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101 Airborne Division. The story begins with them in 1942 at jump school, as they learn how to become paratroopers. The story follows them through many...

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The Holy Rosary

The Rosary is something that I grew up saying with my family every single night. My mother would call us all in the living room around 7:30 pm or so and we would pray as a family. To be completely honest with you, I dreaded that time because it seemed...

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You Give Freedom To My Heart

Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the youth and young adult world about American Sniper, the new movie starring Bradley Cooper, which is currently out in theaters. As a disclaimer, it should be known that the Church obviously never promotes violence in and of itself, and our...

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Fraternity

When many hear the word “seminary” mistakenly the first thing that comes to their mind is monastery. I know that many of my friends when I told them that I was going to seminary they thought I was going to be locked up in a monastery for the rest of...

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Prayer & Silence

Prayer is a necessary component of every Christian’s life. For men discerning or being formed to be priests, prayer is our pathway for growing closer to the Lord and discovering what God is asking us to do with our lives. There are many different types of prayer in which we...

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