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more basketball

February 5, 2009 Leave a comment

SPORTS NIGHT (take 2) — again, Sports Night was delayed … so no volleyball … I “played” basketball again … my calves are rock hard.
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basketball + clean shoes

February 4, 2009 Leave a comment

090204_nike-shoes-cleaning-01SPORTS NIGHT — since Sports Night was delayed (HS practice) until 9:30pm, not enough guys for volleyball.  The basketball players needed 1 more to make even teams, so I “played” (there must be a better word for what I did). 

Beforehand, I finally cleaned those dirty white shoes.

flag football @ SJVCS

February 1, 2009 Leave a comment

SPORTS — before tonight’s Superbowl game, we played some flag-football.  — only minor injuries … wrists … knees … pride … etc.
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nite volleyball

January 29, 2009 Leave a comment

SPORTS — after our Rector’s Conference, there was outdoor volleyball.  — Great time.
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“More Priests, Less Pounds” diet: week #2

January 19, 2009 Leave a comment

090120_sjvcs-more-priests-less-pounds-dietThe second week of Fr Alvarez’s diet plan (called More Priests, Less Pounds) is in effect.  This week’s exercise plan goes beyond just walking up & down stairs … there is some JOGGING … look out!

“More Priest, Less Pounds” diet plan: week #1

January 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Since some of the guys in the house had requested the option of a diet food program, the Rector suggested Fr Alvarez (our Dean of Men) to use his coaching background to put together a diet & exercise program for the house.  The result is the Fr Jose Alvarez “MORE PRIEST, LESS POUNDS” diet plan.

This is week #1 … weigh in each week … exercises get more difficult each week … this week is a series of walking up and down the halls & stairs — I guess sweating isn’t on the list of things to do this week. I hope it does well!

volleyball basketball

November 18, 2008 Leave a comment

081118_sjvcs-basketball-1SPORTS NIGHT — another awesome Tuesday with volleyball & basketball.  I get so excited about volleyball, that I forget to take any pictures.  Maybe next time.

BLOG STATUS — this is actually my first post this month.  In some extra personal effort to get more engaged in seminary life by staying diligent to my “goals,” especially a Holy Hour everyday, I haven’t had much time to even download my pictures from my cellphone.  Yesterday, with the extension of 2 paper due dates, it gave me some breathing room to get some posts ready (I’ll be backdating them).  — Thank you for all your prayers and support!  God bless & be holy. 

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frisbee + Obama ad

October 29, 2008 Leave a comment

After dinner, we played some frisbee til we couldn’t see anymore and my shin couldn’t take anymore 🙂

Some of us watched the Barack Obama infomercial (part 4 of 4) with some lively discussion with friends.

Bottom line, if Obama gets elected, he’ll have a Democratic Congress to institute some of his radical policies.  If he doesn’t make some progress, we’ll see a Republican Congress in 2 years (like when Clinton got elected) and may not see a Democratic majority for a while.  If he DOES get some of his idea instituted, he needs to be careful not to shock this country with too much change … it’ll give fuel to the Republicans as well.  Whatever happens, economy needs to stay strong … but that’s just my opinion 🙂

croquet + Chris West + fresh cookies

After dinner, the Pre-Theology houses had some late night [low light] Croquet games, followed by part 1 of Christopher West’s “Proclaiming the Theology of the Body (for Priests) audio series.  Everything accented by some freshly baked cookies.  — real brotherhood

darkness falls + care pack + volleyball

September 30, 2008 Leave a comment

DARKNESS FALL on us during Evening Prayer right before dinner.  The winds picked up and there was an erie feeling in the air.

One of our Brother’s Mother made snack care packages for all 60 of us seminarians.  Thank you!

Volleyball was tonight.  Foot injury during basketball.


ultimate frisbee

September 5, 2008 Leave a comment

Friday afternoon usually has some outdoor team sports like soccer, baseball, flag football.  Today is Ultimate Frisbee.  I did not part and covered for someone.

BBQ + water balloons + movie night

end of year BBQ @ SJVCS

With today being the last day of final exams, we celebrated with a dinner Bar-B-Que, a water balloon fight and movie night with unlimited desserts








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Latin choir + volleyball + Fr Rios

SJV ChapelAt MASS, the choir sang some awesome Latin hymns, but couldn’t pull off the English ones.  🙂

Afternoon VOLLEYBALL outside with our new (fragile) net in the grass field was great.  3 fun games.

Dinner announcements were done by Fr Rios (very lively and apparently historical/rare).

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ping pong champ + Snickers

February 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Ping Pong Tournament Finals tonight.  A great match-up that brought the whole house to watch a 5 game rally that keep everyone on the edge of their seats.  We even had a break-time show.  🙂
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DOTS — Trustee Meetings — Bishop Lunch — washed dishes — Snickers Ice Cream — worked on Contemporary Philosophy take home mid term exam

ping pong + Jericho back

February 12, 2008 Leave a comment

canolli @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLMINISTERIAL PRACTICUM — (yesterday)  Multiple choice mid-term.  [aces] 

NEW TESTAMENTmid-term exam.  Multiple choice.

DOTS — dinner canolli — Medieval Philosophy study group — Jericho returns (finally!)

PING PONG — tonight was the last semi-final round for our Ping-Pong Olympic Tournament.  Great match-up and awesome game, even with the “unruly crowd.”  🙂
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touchdown + Superbowl party

February 3, 2008 Leave a comment

TOUCH FOOTBALL — this afternoon, we played some 6-on-6 touch football in the spirit of Superbowl Sunday.  Not to brag, but the game ended with our victory 5-1 with my final touchdown.  — fun, but I’ll definitely feel it tomorrow
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SUPERBOWL PARTY — great BBQ ribs, chicken, burgers, hot dogs, half-time wings, lots of deserts and a great game on the big screen & big sound.  — nice!
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lector + missing Psalm + poverty + underdog croquet

January 25, 2008 Leave a comment

MORNING PRAYER & MASS – (Fr Vallee) — today, I was lector for the Mass reading (conversion of St Paul) and lead Liturgy of the Hours (Morning & Evening).  While reading morning Laud, I TOTALLY SKIPPED the 3rd Psalm … ??? … nervous, I guess … and was reminded about it all day from my seminary brothers.  — I appreciate the fraternal correction 🙂

AQUINAS – (Fr Vallee) — started Pope John Paul II’s encyclical letter Fides et Ratio.  Spent some time on the opening greating:

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth — in a word, to know himself — so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.

World Poverty filmCONTEMPORARY PHIL – (Fr Santos) — started The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels with discussion on the “working class” and poverty.  Watched an assigned video about world poverty, “When Did I See You Hungary?” a film by Gerard Thomas Straub narrated by Martin Sheen.

MEDIEVAL PHIL – (Fr Vallee) — “paradigm shift” + permanence & change + the one & the many

OLYMPIC CROQUET — our new sports coordinators have created an Olympic Sports Tournament over the next few weeks, including ping pong, relay races, volleyball, soccer, croquet & more.  Today was our Olympic Croquet tournament, which I signed up for.  16 guys in 4-4 player games, whereby the winner of each plays for the Gold.  I won my first round as an underdog in a very exciting & close game.  The final round was actually ALL underdogs from the first rounds, ending with the champion being my “Guadeamus Clone” who must have copied my abilities & strategy into his collective.  — A great tournament!
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EVENING PRAYER & DINNER — In order to redeem myself with this morning’s blunder, my post-dinner prayer (also the lector’s job) included an “excerpt from this morning’s missing Psalm” and gratitude for food, friends, fellowship, faith & fin de semana (“weekend” in Spanish).  — Dr Jimenez would be proud!

Major Minor Day + sick

January 17, 2008 Leave a comment

I was still pretty sick today (missed Mass & morning class), but by the afternoon, I felt better and wanted to get involved in the special event today.  Today, we host Major Minor Day, where the seminarians from St Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary (major) join us here at St John Vianney College Seminary (minor) for fellowship, soccer, food and prayer.
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We started with a tour of the new Pre-Theology houses (off campus) to rub in what they didn’t have (and still don’t) when they were here.  Then we played an awesome game of Minor vs Major soccer where we destroyed them with a final score of 6-1Solomn evening prayer @ 5pm followed by wine & cheese and ending in a great dinner feast with fellowship.  — A tradition I hope they continue 

pre-T BBQ

December 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Pre-T BBQ @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLPre-T BBQ @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLWASHING DISHES — I cleaned some more.

FOOTBALL — finally some “American football.”

EVENING BBQ — we had a community BBQ at our Pre-Theology homes for dinner.  Squired chicken & shrimp, cornbread, corn, baked po-ta-toe, ice cream, brownies …  awesome food & fellowship!

ReBall paintball

November 24, 2007 2 comments

ReBall Madness Paintball in Deerfield Beach, FLStill on Thanksgiving break, I checked out a new type of paintball … “reball.”  A place in Deerfield Beach called ReBall Madness had an indoor field with inflatable bunkers.  The “painballs” are actually made of rubber shot at 240 feet per second (as opposed to 300 fps for regular paint-balls), so they’re reusable, hence “re-balls.”  It’s about $45 for 3 hours play with endless air & ammo.  They also have party packages so we can get a group rate of $500 for up to 15 players (including mask, guns & ammo) … comes out to $35 each … a great deal for paintball.  Maybe we can get a group of guys from the seminary there one day.  — I’d rather get guys into airsoft, cuz it’s cheaper and can play anywhere.

DOTS:  Arby’sBest BuyCall of Duty 4 — Bois call