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Notre Dame Haitian Mission

Tonight was another stop of a 2 week pilgrimage in the Archdiocese of Miami of a monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II to encourage vocations, especially in this Golden Jubilee year.  Today at 7:30pm, I joined a few haitian seminarians and our Vocation Director Fr Manny Alvarez at Notre Dame Haitian Mission parish for an evening of praise and worship with benediction & adoration before the visiting vocation monstrance.  It was very Spirit-filled 3 hours with the vocation testimony of Fr Alvarez and anointings with sacred chrism.  — an awesome night (with lots of holy water)

praise & worship with vocation monstrance @ Notre Dame Haitian Mission, Miami, FL praise & worship with vocation monstrance @ Notre Dame Haitian Mission, Miami, FL praise & worship with vocation monstrance @ Notre Dame Haitian Mission, Miami, FL

pierogi + Magic

Today, I refried some left over pierogi from Polish food night (Tuesday).  Good eatin’

refried pierogi refried pierogi Magic, The Gathering card game

Also watched some brothers play a strategy card game called Magic, The Gathering.  Interesting.

SJV St Raphael Chapel mural

April 17, 2008 3 comments

Gabriel Loire mural @ St Raphael Chapel @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Gabriel Loire mural @ St Raphael Chapel @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLAs I start feeling the end of the year coming (2 more weeks), I realized how attached I’ve become to the beautiful mural in our main St Raphael Chapel here at St John Vianney College Seminary.  The mural is done by Gabriel Loire.

I asked a brother seminarian to take a picture and had it blown up to fit in a 16″ x 20″ silver frame so I have it during our summer break.  We had to add a top & bottom border to fit the frame size.  A link to the bigger picture is below if you’d like to make one too.

Gabriel Loire mural @ St Raphael Chapel @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLEnlarge picture of Gabriel Liore mural (Sam’s Club):  $7

16″ x 20″ silver frame (Target):  $15

Prayerful meditation on Chapel mural during breaktime:  PRICELESS

 

Elvis on Univision

Elvis, Miami seminarian on UnivisionElvis, Miami seminarian on UnivisionTonight at 10pm, we watched Elvis, one of our brother seminarians from the Archdiocese of Miami, in an interview on a special featuring the Catholic Church and vocations on a Spanish show on Univision.  It also featured our Miami Vocation Director, Fr Manny Alavarez along with some video of our campus and small groups of our brother seminarians.  — Elvis is famous!  I tried to find a video clip to put here, but couldn’t find it.

POLISH food night

April 15, 2008 2 comments

Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — finally!  Tonight was POLISH food night!  Thanks especially to my Mother for her recipes and advice to START MONDAY (yesterday) … we barely finished by dinner time … the blessing of my wise Mother (and Mary, too).

making gołąbki @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLYesterday, we made the potato and cheese fillings, but spent most of the time working on the gołąbki (stuffed cabbage rolls).  Gołąbki is a hearty traditional Polish dish consisting of boiled cabbage leaves stuffed with ground beef, chopped onions, and rice or barley, baked in a spicy tomato sauce; similar to a Cabbage roll.  By the time we stopped on Monday, we only had 1.3 pans full of them (we needed 3).

making gołąbki @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL making gołąbki @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL making gołąbki @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 

Today, in the morning, we started the desert with Ramon, our Dominican cook.  The desert was makowiec, a poppy seed roll, with a glaze or powdered sugar.  By lunch time, we had 3 pans of golabki ready to bake (at least 2 hours needed).  After lunch, we got more help from Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Panama, Austria & more to stuff and pinch hundreds of pierogi (stuffed dumplings) with potato and cheese (seperate).

making pierogi @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL making pierogi @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL making pierogi @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Final phase was the delicate rolling of the poppy seed roll desert, makowiec.  We made 5 rolls with some experience from Randy & Ramon (I looked very administrative = more watch, less work).  With an extra special Vodka topping, it came out AWESOME (in every aspect of its “being”, including ontologically).  We also served some hot kielbasa (sausage).

making makowiec, poppy seed cake @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL making makowiec, poppy seed cake @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL making makowiec, poppy seed cake @ Polish food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Thank you to all who helped, especially my brothers in Christ (and Mom)!

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic giftshop in Hollywood, FL

April 13, 2008 1 comment

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic ChurchI went to 6pm Mass at my parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL.  While I was there, I browsed around our giftshop called “Our Lady of Lourdes Giftshop.”  It keeps getting better and better.  Here are some pictures, but they don’t do it justice.  They’re open after all Masses (Sat 4pm, Sunday 7:30am, 9am, 10:45am, 6pm) and located at 7450 Stirling Road in Hollywood, FL 33024. — if you go, tell Michelle you saw it here!

 Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic Church Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic Church Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic Church Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic Church

RCIT + Christian IPhone

April 13, 2008 1 comment

Christian Holy Spirit IPhone posterSince we were so close to my home parish of St Bernadette in Hollywood, FL, I stopped in to see the high school RCIT class preparing for Confirmation this year @ 4pm.  I saw this cool poster that one of the catechists made and had to take some pictures.  It’s a poster of an Apple IPhone, but with Christian buttons.  — Some great details

Christian Holy Spirit IPhone poster Christian Holy Spirit IPhone poster

Little Flower Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL

April 13, 2008 3 comments

About 1 Sunday each month, all of us seminarians here at St John Vianney College Seminary visit a different parish of the Archdiocese of Miami.  Our Rector started the tradition last year and I thinks it’s a great idea.  It exposes us to different parish life as well as makes us visible to the community as a living vocation poster.

Little Flower Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL & seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Little Flower Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL & seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Little Flower Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL & seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Little Flower Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL & seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Today, we all drove up to my ‘hood to Little Flower Parish in Hollywood, FL.  (My parish of St Bernadette is also in Hollywood.)  The pastor Fr O’Dwyer was one of the priest how interviewed me during my seminarian application last year.  The parish was very inviting and provided great food after Mass with lots of conversation with parishoners.  I even found a family to practice my Polish with.  — Definitely, a great tradition I hope we continue

 Little Flower Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL & seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Little Flower Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL & seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Little Flower Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL & seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Ben’s midnight pancakes

Ben\'s midnight pancakes @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLAn occasional tradition in the house that we’re all gonna miss since Ben is graduating and moving onto major seminary at St Vincent DePaul Seminary in Boyton Beach next year.  — great pancakes

Senior rockers gift

2008 rocking chair gift from Seniors @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLAfter our Rector’s Conference (a summary of all conferences throughout the year), the graduating Senior & Pre-Theology 2 classes presented the rest of the “house” with a gift.  They gave us 4 wooden rocking chairs to surround our “Philosophy” hangout table outside the library.  Each has a small plaque with last year’s theme, “Men of Communion” in 4 different languages … English … Spanish … Creole … Latin.  — a great idea for something we’ll all use regularly … Thank you!

2008 rocking chair gift from Seniors @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 2008 rocking chair gift from Seniors @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

SJV Class of 2008 picture

April 10, 2008 1 comment

Today we took our 2008 graduation class picture for St John Vianney College Seminary here in Miami, FL.  I’m right in the middle.  — this isn’t the “official picture” … thanx Javi for this one!

Class of 2008 @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Texas food night

Texas Food Night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLTexas Food Night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — today was “Texas Food Night” with awesome chilli, cornbread, chips and pecan pie. — God bless Texas!

[DOTS — “Book” — NT … Catholic Gospels]

CCD @ St Catherine of Siena

St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Miami, FLSince we’ll be assigned “apostalic work” next year, we’re observing other fellow seminarians in different current assignments for the last few Mondays of the semester.  Today, I observed an 8th grade CCD Confirmation class at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Miami, not too far from the seminary.

We were greeted by Pastor Fr Sosa and served an awesome dinner.  (Patricio’s Monday meatloaf will have to wait.)  His dog was also very friendly.  — the class went great!

A week before Easter, the parish church building was set on fire by a couple local teenagers.  About one million dollars in damage.  While repairs are being done, Mass is done outside under the overhang area of the church entrance.  — We’ll definitely keep them all in our prayers.

St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church overhang St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church overhang St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church dog St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church dinner St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church dinner

bird + esse + happy place + Ave Maria

During Mass this morning, a bird flew in the Chapel and then right into a window.  He walked it off.  — we all prayed for him

AQUINAS + MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY class – (Fr Vallee) — we reviewed the hierarchy of “ESSE” … God (pure act) … angels (pure intuition) … human beings (discursive reasoning, dielectic) … sentient beings (animals) … animate (plants) … inanimate (rocks).  Also mentioned the importance of Ben’s “happy place.”

Somehow, we got talking about Barbara Streisand … her Christmas album … and her version of Ave Maria.  — I can’t believe I actually found this on YouTube … dedicated to Fr Vallee … it’s not so bad?

Miami vocation monstrance pilgrimage begins

Miami Vocation Monstrance @ St Mary\'s Cathedral @ VespersMiami Vocation Monstrance @ St Mary\'s Cathedral @ VespersToday begins a 2 week pilgrimage in the Archdiocese of Miami of a monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II to encourage vocations, especially in this Golden Jubilee year.  It starts today at the Cathedral and travels to a different parish each day, ending on Sunday April 20 here at St John Vianney College Seminary. (flyer with all location here — pdf Acrobat file)

Today at 4pm, we were at St Mary’s Cathedral for Vespers (Night Prayer) with benediction & adoration with the visiting vocation monstrance.  A great sermon by Archbishop Favalora with a memorable exit (wave).

vocations posters

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocations websiteFound a blog post about efforts to promote vocations using “vocation posters” by Catholic Sensibility.  He references an article in the Kansas City Star.  The Church has been getting more creative with its efforts … creative posters … blogs … vocation websites (check out Cincinnati’s Vocation website!), but it must foster an “environment of discernment” on the parish level … that’s more affective than any poster.

By the way, we took a group picture with all Miami seminarians back in December for a new “vocation poster,” but haven’t seen or heard about it yet.

Today begins a 2 week pilgrimage in the Archdiocese of Miami of a monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II to encourage vocations, especially in this Golden Jubilee year.  It starts today at the Cathedral and travels to a different parish each day, ending on Sunday April 20 here at St John Vianney College Seminary. (flyer with all location here — pdf Acrobat file)

Generations: Jesus Incarnate

Tonight’s RECTOR’s CONFERENCE was titled “Generations: Jesus Incarnate in History.”  We profiled the last 5 generations with the strengths and weakenesses, along with how the Church benefits from the growth in change.

I.  Prayer:  Eccelesiates 3:1-8

II.  Intro:  (border guard story)

III.  Gaudium et spec #44 (The Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 1965):

44. Just as it is in the world’s interest to acknowledge the Church as an historical reality, and to recognize her good influence, so the Church herself knows how richly she has profited by the history and development of humanity.

The experience of past ages, the progress of the sciences, and the treasures hidden in the various forms of human culture, by all of which the nature of man himself is more clearly revealed and new roads to truth are opened, these profit the Church, too. For, from the beginning of her history she has learned to express the message of Christ with the help of the ideas and terminology of various philosophers, and and has tried to clarify it with their wisdom, too. Her purpose has been to adapt the Gospel to the grasp of all as well as to the needs of the learned, insofar as such was appropriate. Indeed this accommodated preaching of the revealed word ought to remain the law of all evangelization. For thus the ability to express Christ’s message in its own way is developed in each nation, and at the same time there is fostered a living exchange between the Church and’ the diverse cultures of people.(22) To promote such exchange, especially in our days, the Church requires the special help of those who live in the world, are versed in different institutions and specialties, and grasp their innermost significance in the eyes of both believers and unbelievers. With the help of the Holy Spirit, it is the task of the entire People of God, especially pastors and theologians, to hear, distinguish and interpret the many voices of our age, and to judge them in the light of the divine word, so that revealed truth can always be more deeply penetrated, better understood and set forth to greater advantage.

… Moreover, she gratefully understands that in her community life no less than in her individual sons, she receives a variety of helps from men of every rank and condition, for whoever promotes the human community at the family level, culturally, in its economic, social and political dimensions, both nationally and internationally, such a one, according to God’s design, is contributing greatly to the Church as well, to the extent that she depends on things outside herself. Indeed, the Church admits that she has greatly profited and still profits from the antagonism of those who oppose or who persecute her.(23)

Time Magazine 1997, Generation XIV.  Generations, An Intro

Theory of Stages of Historical Development:  Crisis, High, Awakening, Unraveling

Types of Generations:  Hero, Prophet, Nomad, Artist

V.  General Ideas about Living Generations

The Great Generation (1911-1928) … Great Depression, World War II
The Silent Generation (1928-1942) … lived better than parents, went to college
The Baby Boomers (1942-1960) … Vietnam, civil rights, protests, assasinations, Woodstock, Watergate, Moon landing
Generation X (1961-1981) … Reagan Era, latch-key kids, no big government … smaller steps, philosophically post-modern
Millennial Generation (1982-2001) … 9/11, Internet, optimistic, “most loved generation” (Baby on Board), helicopter parents, “institution as family,”  46% non-white

VI.  Considerations for Faith & Ministry

 

Mid-West food night

ribs & steak @ Mid West food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — this Tuesday was (American) Mid-West food night with ribs, steak, corn, potatoes and milk, with Buckeyes for desert.  Since I’m originally from Chicago, my limited cooking efforts were contributed.  Lots of work … lots of fun … lots of food (especially Buckeyes)!
cornhuskers @ Mid West food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL chopping tomatoes @ Mid West food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL making buckeyes @ Mid West food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL buckeye gone bad @ Mid West food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL ribs @ Mid West food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL