Back To School

Greetings, I am one week into the start of another year in seminary. It is hard to believe that this is now my fifth year at Immaculate Conception Seminary. I am in Third Theology which means that I am approaching the time of ordination. The classes and the work begin...

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To Remember

To remember is something we do when we recall something or someone in our minds; and the memory gives us a vivid image of the past. Recollection is important in almost everything we do in our lives, whether it is teaching, working, taking a test, or just simply relating to...

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Not as I Will, but as You Will

This past semester, my fellow classmates and I had to read a book called “A Father who keeps His Promises” by Scott Hahn. One chapter talked about the following scriptural passage; He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup...

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With Jesus, Doing the Father’s Will

As I am about to finish my first year of formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary, I verbalize from my heart a profound feeling of gratitude to God. In diverse ways God has been providential and clear with regard to my vocation. This fact is rooted mainly in those prayerful and...

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Fatherhood

Back in January, I had the great privilege of doing an 8-day silent retreat, where we went through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Spiritual Exercises are a series of prayers and meditations written by St. Ignatius which help people to discern the Lord’s will and presence...

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Responding to the Spirit

Recently in prayer, I found myself going back to my vocation story and noticed several ways the Holy Spirit influenced my discernment. I would like to focus on one specific instance, however, that made the biggest impact in my discernment process. One July night in 2014, my pastor, Father Joseph...

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Strength in Numbers

With Easter upon us, I have been reflecting on my Lenten journey. One thing that comes to mind that helped me this Lent has been the fraternity amongst my brothers, in particular my Camden brothers. The bond that we Camden men share is like no other. Lent can be a...

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Do Small Things with Great Love

Every Wednesday here at St. Joseph’s Seminary, we have our apostolic assignments where we go out into the community to do work. Each class has a designated area of focus that they work with, and for first year, we work with the poor. My assignment is in the South Bronx,...

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Saint Joseph and Self Gift

The Catechism of the Church tells us much of the sacrament of marriage: “Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love.” (CCC...

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The Spiritual Life in Light of Sports

Back in the day—Yeah, I said it, “back in the day,” (I guess I am getting old after all!)—Anyway, there was once a time where I lived to play ice hockey. I ate, slept, and breathed ice hockey. I played 365 days a year, and when I was not on...

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