Seminarian Update!

Time for an update – since I have been at school for about three weeks. All is going well, but it is going to be a very busy semester. I have five classes: Church and Orders, Fundamental Moral Theology, Modern Church History, Introduction to the New Testament II, ans Advanced Spanish. I am in the first semester of Second Theology, which is said to be the most difficult of the seminary, and I can believe it. Lots of reading, writing, and other homework. But I am learning so much – it is awesome.

It has also been a busy time in the Diocese. A week and a half ago, fellow Tulsa seminarian Brian O’Brien and I flew to Tulsa to emcee the Annual Youth Rally. We started the day off with an XLT style Adoration and ended with the celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Slattery. During the day there were workshops, game time and a concert that I was guest bass guitarist for a new Christian rock group, Filioque, which has fellow seminarian Mark Steichen on guitar and vocals. It was a very full day and good time with over 400 young people from the Diocese in attendance. Here is a picture from the concert.

Brian and I gave a workshop called “Stand Against the Violence – Stand for Peace” which included information on proactively being Christ for others, immigration issues, and Pro-Life issues. The workshop was well attended and many commented on the timeliness of the information and the need for our young people do be proactive in their personal lives. You can read more in the EOC online. It may take a moment to open because it is a pretty big file.

There was also a nice piece written in the EOC last month about the seminarians. For the complete paper and story, click here. For the smaller pull-out section with pictures, click here.

Thanks for your prayers and notes of encouragement. They are appreciated very much. My next trip to Tulsa will be for the “Walk for Adoption” sponsored by Catholic Charities. My band “John the Blessed” will be playing and the Bishop will also be there. Put it on your calendar and come out to Bishop Kelley that Sunday afternoon.

Be blessed.

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