Seminarians’ Blog

Strengths Finder 2.0 (2/18/2017) - Entry by Br. Rafael Solorio, OMV… If you would ask me, dear sisters and brothers in Christ, to describe myself to you, I would tell you that I am earthy and fiery. I am a down to earth kind of a guy, and I am very passionate about the things I do and care about. […]
Unpack Your Hearts (2/4/2017) - Entry by Jorge Sanchez…Have you ever stopped to think about the world and its many problems? Of these problems, which one is the biggest? Pope Pius XII says that “The greatest sin today is that men have lost the sense of sin.” We live in a world where doing what is right is considered so […]
Silence (first of many reflections by our seminarians on books) (1/20/2017) - Entry by Daniel Conigliaro… It’s a new year at St. Clement’s and Our Lady of Grace Seminary, so we are introducing a new theme for our seminarian blog!  This semester, each of us will write about a book we read recently that we recommend to others.  Over Christmas break, I read Shusako Endo’s novel “Silence,” […]
Thanksgiving (11/29/2016) - Entry by Daniel Conigliaro…Every family has their own Thanksgiving traditions.  Playing the annual football game on the back lawn, watching the Macy’s parade, or enjoying Grandma’s special cornbread stuffing or Aunt Sally’s pumpkin pie are just some of the timeless traditions that make Thanksgiving special to each person.  To become part of a family means […]
Above the World (11/1/2016) - Entry by Brenden Bell… Over this summer, I had a strange challenge of communication. As I told friends and relatives I was entering into novitiate, I had the difficultly of trying to explain to them what novitiate is. This challenge was made all the harder because I had no experience of novitiate. I settled on […]
Goodbye and Hello (10/25/2016) - Entry by Jorge Sanchez… I was accepted into seminary with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in the fall 2015. However, because of debt I had to stay in California and pay it off. Since I had to wait I decided to call this My Year of Goodbye. I continued working through the year back […]
“Angels of the Lord, Bless the Lord…” (10/6/2016) - Entry by Br. Rafael Solorio, OMV… “Lord, extolled in the heights by angelic powers, you are also praised by all earth’s creatures, each in its own way. With all the splendor of heavenly worship, you still delight in such tokens of love as earth can offer. May heaven and earth together acclaim you as king; […]
“Behold, I am doing a new thing…” (9/30/2016) - Entry by Jonathon Hank…It has now been a little over a month since the other first-years and I moved in to St. Clement’s, and about 3 weeks since the start of classes. For me, this seminary way of life is a totally new experience. My schedule is full of courses I never thought I’d be […]
My Pastoral Year — on Retreat (9/27/2016) - Entry by Br. Paul Nguyen, OMV…My pastoral year in retreat ministry is like a retreat in itself! The small community is a joyful novelty, and reveals another facet of religious life, challenging what I had grown accustomed to in the larger seminary community and presenting new delights and challenges. And the Lord is powerfully at […]
Let’s Look Back… (5/16/2016) - Entry by Jonas Verdeflor…The past few days, my fellow seminarians and I have relaxed after the crush of finals.  You know that school is over when the window sill in the classroom is full of returned textbooks.  To celebrate on Friday, many of us saw the movie “Captain America: Civil War” and our friend Alex […]


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