Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

My Brother the Deacon

An ordination and a promise/bet recalled…from a brother’s POV.

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September 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Eventful Weekend – Promises, Ordination, Blessings and Masses

This past weekend was filled with important milestones.

September 3, 2018 · 4 Comments

Next Steps – Final Promises and Deaconate Ordination

As we’ve noted elsewhere, one of the challenges involved in blogging about the seminary experience is that there’s a lot to write about at the beginning, not much in the … Continue reading

July 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Paulist Ordination

The Paulists have an ordination planned for Saturday, May 20, 2017. Learn more about the men who are preparing for the priesthood.

May 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

What Would You Say?

In a recent episode of the Busted Halo Radio Show, Fr. Dave answers a question about discernment and models a great way to have a potentially difficult situation.

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Insights from a Sister’s Father

Matt Wenke has a couple of great posts over at Aleteia sharing his experience of having a daughter enter a religious order.

January 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Feeling Discouraged

It’s well documented that parents discourage their children from entering religious life, but how should we respond?

January 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Patron Saint of Seminarian Moms

Saint Hannah has become very special to me since my son entered formation.

December 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Oh The Places You’ll Go — As A Missionary

Being a seminarian involves more than just sitting in classrooms or spending days in prayer. There’s a very active component as well.

December 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Call to Return to Mission

Recently I was privileged to participate in a week long retreat/seminar at Loyola University on the topic of Parish Health and Wellness. It was an intense time with forty of … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Objection  Series:  “How could this happen in our family?  We aren’t the model Catholic family!”

The first Sunday after Christmas celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. This is one of my favorite feasts of the church because it always gives me hope that our … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Welcome to National Vocations Awareness Week!

This week the USCCB is asking us to focus our attention on increasing vocations. Here are a few useful links for you.

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Pope Frances Effect and Hope for the Future of Religious Vocations

As the US welcomes Pope Frances, I can’t help but wonder what the effect will be on those discerning or even thinking about discerning a religious vocation. I have read … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Objection Series: “He Will Have to Give Up So Much!” or Giving vs. Getting

Alright, can we just agree that every vocation has its difficult moments, challenges and rewards?   You can’t compare one to another and say one is more difficult than the other. … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment
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