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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Bringing the Light of Christ to the Suffering

Recently, I had the opportunity to see the movie Outcasts, a documentary about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. This documentary can only be seen right now at special screenings, and it happened that one of these screenings was taking place right here at Seton Hall. For those who are...

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Holy Vocations

Can I be completely honest with you for a second? I am far from perfect. Yet so often in our lives, unrealistic expectations of perfection are placed upon us. They might be my own expectations for myself or expectations that others have placed upon me. My mom wrote a moving...

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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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Celibacy: Gift of Joy

With the hope of being called by Bishop Sullivan to be ordained a priest this coming June, I decided to write about the gift of celibacy (the promise made at my diaconate ordination) and the joyful relationships it brings. Also, I want to mention this post comes at the suggestion...

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Jesus’ Loving Encounter

This semester I get to take a whole class on just one passage from the Gospel: Jesus and the Woman at the Well. The theme of the class is about how this interaction was a perfect example of Jesus revealing who He truly is. Jesus is the merciful God who...

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