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

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

The Miracle of Priesthood

A brief reflection on this World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

April 17, 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

Objection Series: Celibacy or “He’ll never have his own children!”

Letting  Go When you look back, parenting feels like a long series of letting go of your child.  The first day of school is a day of pride and tears for … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Advice for Discerners — And A Thought for Parents

A brief reflection sparked by one of my favorite blogs.

November 16, 2015 · 6 Comments

We must have done something right.

When I read blogs of parents encouraging vocations in their children, I can’t help but feel a little inadequate.  These blogs have many wonderful ideas I wish we had done … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Objection Series: Where did he get this idea? We aren’t even that religious!

If you have read some of the parent stories on this blog, you have seen that a vocation does not have to come from the super catholic families with 12 … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dinner with a Side of Answers

Every ordained priest has been through the seminary experience. Spend a little time with one and you’ll learn a lot about what your child is going through.

June 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

First Promises Mass 2014

Saturday, July 26 marked the day the new Novices promised to be faithful to the Paulist Constitution and became students.

August 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

Still the Father

Last Sunday I was sitting at the computer when my phone rang. It was Evan.  Unusual for him to call on a Sunday. “Hi,” I said.  “What’s up?” “I need … Continue reading

May 24, 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

Coffee, Catechism and a Black Apron

What do those black aprons at Starbucks really mean and how does that relate to catechesis?

February 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

My Baby’s Face

Every new mother loves taking photos of their baby. That new face inspires a fascination that never goes away, no matter how old they are. This week my baby’s face … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 1 Comment
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