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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Service

Hi, my name is John March and I’m a seminarian with the Diocese of Camden. I was born to Bill and Maureen in Philadelphia, PA and I’m the middle child. My brother is 8 years older than me he resides in Philadelphia and my sister is 2 years younger than...

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Trying to Define Formation

While here at seminary, we have one buzzword that goes around often, and it is formation. Formation is extremely important. It is important for all of us, battling the spiritual battles, but is even more important for the priests, leading people toward Jesus. The prophet Isaiah says, “But now, Oh...

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Fulfilled

Hi my name is Carlo Santa Teresa and I’m a seminarian for the Diocese of Camden. I was born in 1989, in Voorhees, New Jersey, the only Child of Josefina Santa Teresa. Growing up I was raised in a Catholic family and one of my earliest remembrances was my grandfather,...

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Last Year in the Seminary

Wow, it has come: my last year in the seminary. I am now a deacon and soon will no longer be considered “a seminarian forever.” Those discerning a vocation to the priesthood may wonder, “what is the last year seminary like for a newly ordained transitional deacon?” Depending on the...

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Faith and Trust

Believing in God is easy, but trusting in God is significantly more difficult. The Catholic Church holds that you can prove the existence of God with reason (not with mathematical precision, but with a good grasp of metaphysics), although trusting in God solely relies on Faith. Faith is not blind,...

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Hope and the Priesthood

Hope is a special virtue, a gift from God, which allows the Christian to unite to Christ even distress or suffering. Although we cannot see God, we believe His presence, believe that He is guiding us which spurs us to remember the promise Christ made after His Resurrection: He will...

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