Seminarians’ Blog

Baptismal Font in Ecuandureo, Mich, Mexico “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; […]
The "new guys," left to right, Jonathon Hank, Jorge Sanchez, and Daniel Conigliaro pose with Fr. Tom Carzon, OMV “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 […]
Br. Paul Nguyen, OMV 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 […]
This baby seal climbed onto the beach behind the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine, on Aug. 27, 2015. It eventually swam off later that night. 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 […]
Divine Mercy 03 “I will consider how Our Lord looks upon me…” (4/24/2016) - Entry by Leland Thorpe…A friend recently asked me what keeps me going as a seminarian and as a convert. I don’t think I’m ruining any large secret when I admit here that it’s not always easy to be a seminarian. We’ve given up a career and a family. Someone else tells us when to wake […]
"Haystack, Snow Effect" (1891) by Claude Monet Seeing Things Differently (4/18/2016) - Entry by Colin Powell…Every once and a while it is vital to take a break from study and being in the house, and to get outside. Adhering to this counsel, Leland, Br. Paul, Br. Rafael, Joel, and I went to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, MA) a week ago this past Wednesday. […]
2016.04.10 Meaning in Suffering (4/10/2016) - Entry by Br. Paul Kallal, OMV…Perhaps the most popular quote regarding evangelization is “Preach the Gospel at all times, when necessary use words.”  Whether St. Francis of Assisi is the author of these words is irrelevant.  What is relevant is the importance and necessity of all Catholics being a witness of our faith.  What does […]
The missal is ready for Divine Mercy Sunday on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Mary’s Housework: Sacristan (4/3/2016) - Entry by Jonas Verdeflor…On Easter and the following Monday, my daily meditations turned toward me being a slave/servant of the Virgin Mary.  I imagined what that would entail.  Would I be Mary’s hairdresser?  Would I be scrubbing dishes in the kitchen of her Nazareth home?  Somehow, deep down, I felt that I would enjoy these […]
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary celebrate Easter Vigil at St. Clement Shrine in Boston. Naval Officers and Priests (3/27/2016) - Entry by Jeremy Lee… This indeed has been a very special week for us.  In addition to a beautiful Holy Week, we had nine men visiting our community for our Come and See Retreat.  Some flew across the country and others drove many hours to spend time with us and to find out if God […]
2016.03.20 St, Joseph (3/20/2016) - Entry by Br. Nathan Marzonie, OMV…This weekend we celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of Mary and Patron of the Universal Church. It is an important day for Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and not just because of zeppole and cannoli; St. Joseph is a patron of our Congregation. In the late 19th century, […]


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