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.

September 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Facing Your Parental Fears

Parenting can keep you up at night worrying about your children’s future. A couple of examples — both real and fictional — can help parents better understand and grapple with their fears.

February 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Story of a Seminarian from a Mom’s Point of View by Amy V.

One of the best things about this blog is that it provides a place for parents to be brutally honest with how they feel as they watch their son go … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

How Agnostics Pray

Right, so this isn’t really all that directly linked to my brother’s current work but it seemed the right place to post it. You’ve heard the saying “There are no … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Journey to Bethlehem; A Christmas Prayer

My Christmas wish for all of you.

December 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Visiting the King in Memphis

A trip to Memphis reminded me of the universality of the Catholic faith.

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Back from the Desert

There’s a delightful bit in Pixar’s “Up” in which Russell (the eternally optimistic scout) is trying to assemble a tent. Tents are hard! The scene ends with the tent sailing … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

With Great Power Comes Great Humility?

Pope Francis has issued a deeploy countercultural challenge to us — opting completely out of the game and adopting a new view of what it means to succeed.

December 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Reflection: Vocation and Discernment

This weekend, as Evan and his brother novice Paolo are representing the seminary at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, it seemed appropriate to share the prayer service he wrote for the discernment weekend last month.

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment


The Pope says that Cathy and I are special. Well, not really.  What he said was that catechists are “pillars” for education in the faith.  This came in the context … Continue reading

September 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Question: What is the Paulist Mission?

Publishing, radio, television, movies, performances? What kind of priests are the Paulists, anyway?

September 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Question: What is a Vocation?

“Vocation” is just a fancy word for job, right? Or is it something deeper?

September 3, 2013 · 3 Comments

Sad News

A tragedy brings Evan back to Utah for a weekend visit.

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Change of Life Indeed

The times they are a changin’.

August 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

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