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MIAMI HERALD article on Bryan Garcia at SJVCS !!!

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

This morning, I saw Bryan Garcia, Javier & Chuck on the FRONT page of the Miami Herald and I thought I was dreaming.  After realizing I wasn’t, I started reading the article titled, “Answering the Call” that continued to TWO FULL PAGES inside.  WOW!!!

The article spoke on the high enrollment at St John Vianney College Seminary (SJVCS) and the discernment process of seminarians, specifically profiling Bryan Garcia, my fellow brother seminarian.

The rector, Msgr Michael Carruthers, has some great quotes as well.  “What they [seminarians] want most is help in knowing the Lord.  If that leads to priesthood, great.”  And is the section about struggling in discernment, he said, “If you don’t struggle, you’re not discerning.”

The article closed with one of my favorite passage, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

There is also a SECOND ARTICLE on “Priesthood of today is much smaller than a decade ago.”

There is also an AUDIO SLIDESHOW with Bryan sharing his experience in seminary at SJVCS.  CHECK IT ALL OUT!!!


Dedication of Mary mosaic @ SJVCS

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

090924_SJVCS-Dedication-of-Mosaic-of-Mary-02-Bishop-Wenski-and-Mgsr-Michael-CarruthersToday, at St John Vianney College Seminary, was the highly anticipated dedication of the new mosaic of Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea in the one of the chapel gardens around St Raphael ChapelOrlando Bishop Wenski celebrated Mass and the blessing and dedication of the new mosaic.  Artist (and seminarian) Peter Dionne (SJVCS class of 2008) was present along with friend, family and supporters of SJVCS.

Also see picture of mosaic conception through completion and prayer of consecration to Mary.

[these pictures taken by Cliff Whitty, a SJVCS seminarian]

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prayer of consecration to Mary

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

† PRAYER OF CONSECRATION †

090924_icon-Mary-the-New-Eve-and-Star-of-the-SeaMost Holy Trinity, Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother; in union with Mary, we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put St. John Vianney College Seminary into the hands of Mary Immaculate, the New Eve and Star of the Sea, in order that she may present this seminary to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great blessings you have bestowed upon us throughout our fifty years of service. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the local churches we serve. Shower wisdom upon our bishops and all who assist them in their responsibilities of governance. Bestow strength to our seminary administration, faculty, and staff. Grant protection to those here discerning the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Call forth the precious gift of many vocations to the diocesan priesthood. Through the intercession of our mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the refugee, the tempted, sinners–on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our mother, patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and consecrate our seminary and ourselves to your immaculate heart. O Sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary, pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesied by Simeon, save us from degeneration, presumption, and despair. Protect us from all harm. O sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary, you who bore the sufferings of your son in the depths of your heart, be our advocate. Pray for us, the community of St. John Vianney College Seminary, that acting always according to the will of your divine son, we may live and die pleasing to God.  Amen.

[this prayer is especially used for today’s dedication of the new mosaic of Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea at SJVCS]

new mosaic of Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea

September 24, 2009 2 comments

090924_SJVCS-Mosaic-of-Mary-16-AWESOMEFor the last couple of years, Msgr Michael Carruthers (rector of SJVCS) and Peter Dionne (artist & seminarian, SJVCS class of 2008) have been working on a new mosaic to our Blessed Mother for the chapel gardens.  With today’s dedication of the new mosaic to Mary, the New Eve and Star of the Sea, here are some pictures posted by Fr Michael from mosaic conception through completion.

Wow!  Beautiful!  Surely our Lady is happy.

Also see dedication ceremony here.

Consecration prayer to Mary here.

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Do we really need priests?

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Christopher West with Theology of the Body at SJVCS

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment

090917_SJVCS-Christopher-West-Theology-of-the-BodyToday my seminary friends at St John Vianney College Seminary in Miami were blessed with a day of lectures on Pope John Paul II’s ” Theology of the Body” by renown speaker Christopher West, founder of the Theology of the Body Institute.

I’m guessing his lecture was very similar to the 2-day lecture he gave at IPF this past summer on “Priestly Celibacy and the Redemption of Sexuality.”   See day #1 at IPF (plus video of Christopher West lectures).  See day #2 at IPF.

current news item:  Following debate, two bishops affirm ‘strong support’ for Christopher West

Weblinks to Theology of the Body resources:

[thanks to Javier Barreto for the picture]

SJVCS enrollment at 35-year high

September 12, 2009 Leave a comment

There’s a great article in the Florida Catholic.org this week about the 50th Anniversary of St John Vianney College Seminary in Miami have a record enrollment of 76 men discerning the priesthood, which is a 35-year high.  Check out the article.

There are a couple of great picture of my seminarian brother Jason Priela praying in the newpaper.  I’m still praying for all the guys at SJVCS, old friends & the newbies. 🙂