Seminarians’ Blog

The Boys in the Boat (4/13/2017) - Entry by Br. Paul Kallal, OMV…One of the great sights I enjoy in Boston is watching the college crew teams row on the Charles River.  It is hard to explain why I enjoy watching college crew teams row.  As a former athlete, it probably has something to do with hard work, dedication, perseverance, and teamwork.  […]
God’s Battalions (3/31/2017) - Entry by Br. Nathan Marzonie, OMV… In God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, sociologist and historian Rodney Stark examines many commonly-held beliefs about the history of the Crusades and fearlessly challenges many of the accepted ‘facts’ concerning one of the most maligned epochs of the history of the Church, and even of Europe. This book […]
To Life! (3/19/2017) - Entry by Br. Paul Nguyen, OMV…“If you’re happy and you know it, raise your glass! If you’re happy and you know it, raise your glass!” This was the toast, proposed with lifted Coke glass. The room was filled with various healthcare aides, doctors, and benefactors of a community of people living through their disabilities and […]
“Lord, how do I love you as I ought?” (3/4/2017) - Entry by Jonathon Hank…“Lord, how do I love you as I ought?”  That’s one of the questions that has been continually coming up in my daily prayer this semester. It’s a good question, probably one of the most fundamental questions of the Christian life. It’s also the most difficult to fully answer. In my search […]
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 […]


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