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my brothers @ St Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary

August 10, 2009 2 comments

Today is arrival day for new Theologian seminarians at St Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boyton Beach, FL.  Since I discerned leaving seminary formation just recently, I didn’t need to go, but I wanted to tell my classmates and seminary brothers personally about my discernment.  Luck for me, one of my brothers needed a ride, so I offered to drive him and his stuff (including “piano”) up there.

sonic-drive-inIt was great to see each other after the summer break, but sad having to say I wouldn’t be in formation with them this year.  Everyone was very supportive and understanding, but I didn’t want my leaving to effect their own vocational journey.  I know from experience that guys that left did remind me of my own discernment in subtle ways that, left ignored, may add to doubt, but when faced, could help grow in confidence in my vocational journey.

I still hope to keep in touch with most of them, through phone, Facebook and food (Sonic is right across the street).

God bless you guys and stay holy!

leaving seminary formation

August 10, 2009 1 comment

Over the last two years in seminary formation at St John Vianney College Seminary, I have been gifted with the opportunity and tools to help in my discernment of a vocation to the priesthood.  The support, encouragement and growth were especially evident in my summer assignment at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha, NE.  My summer was graced with regular spiritual direction, tools in deepening prayer, an 8-day Ignatian Silent Retreat, apostolic work in hospital pastoral service, courses on sexuality, diocesan priestly spirituality and liturgy, and the fellowship of brother seminarians from around the country.

Throughout my summer experience at IPF, I spend considerable time in serious prayer and discernment with a gifted spiritual director that helped me recognize an intimacy with the Lord that brought overwhelming joy and peace.  I came to realize that my journey with the Lord at this point in my life would call for leaving seminary formation in order to pursue stronger desires of my heart.  This decision, when brought to prayer over some time, has come with a confidence in the Holy Spirit that radiates peace in my heart.

I know this news comes with some sadness from the Archdiocese of Miami for losing a seminarian, but know that I will continue discerning the Lord’s plan for me in all that I do.  I wish to express the deepest gratitude to Archbishop Favalora and the Archdiocese of Miami for their prayer, support, attention, tools and opportunity to discernment a vocation to the priesthood.  Thank you and know I will continue to support vocations and sharing my own faith journey to others encouraging the Body of Christ to discern their own unique roles to grow the Kingdom of God.