Holy Fritz!

 

It’s been a long time, a very long time since I have written anything  and that’s shameful! So we will spend a lot of time catching up, especially as I find photos of events which I will mention here. During this absence I have spent time thinking about how to improve the content and have more of it.  The ideas are pinned down, for the most part, so stay tuned for the new developments. Our  Discernment Reflections and Highlights from the Hill will still be here. I hope to add a section on current events and spend some time dedicated to the Holy Father. Also  I will be working on getting a lot more pictures up, that way you can see life in the seminary.

The biggest and most exciting announcement is that we have two new seminarians for our diocese! There info is not yet ready to uploaded but once I have it will soon be posted for you all. These two new seminarians are Mr. Ivan Mora from Chico, CA. Ivan is a recent graduate (or almost, he graduates at the end of the Fall term there) from Chico State University. The second is Mr David Panduro of Fairfield, CA. Both Chico and Fairfield have the unique blessing of having more than one seminarian. The only other parish is St Basil’s in Vallejo. Please keep these men in  your prayers as they begin there formation.  The beginning of the seminary is always marked by intense discernment and transition. I am especially happy to share that both these men will be at Mt Angel Seminary. Pray for more vocations to the priesthood, in particular those men who struggle to accept or respond to God’s call. It is a great moment of rejoicing but we need more men to answer the call. If this moves your heart I challenge you to contact your local VD and see what God might have in store for you!.

This past Sunday was our annual Seminarian Christmas Party. It is always a great time to get together with the brethren. We started with Mass and then had a wonderful dinner which was followed by our traditional gift exchange. We are blessed that Marriage Encounter hosts our party for us. This wonderful apostolate not only works to strengthen marriage but also works very hard over the course of three days to prepare our formation house into a Christmas wonderland for our party. We were graced in particular by the presence of Bishop Soto and our Auxiliary Bishop, Myron Cotta. Pictures of this and many other events to come soon!  I leave you with this video, one of my favorite short videos. Consider it! Consider Priesthood!