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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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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