Seminarians’ Blog

The Blessings of Accompaniment (5/27/2017) - Entry by Br. Paul Ngyuen, OMV…This week has been so packed with the formation program for Prayer Partners and Directors of the Spiritual Exercises. I flew in from Florida on Saturday evening, from the retreat center in Venice staffed by the Oblates, and we began our first discussion Sunday afternoon. It was a joyful reunion! […]
The Gala! (5/14/2017) - Entry by Daniel Conigliaro…On May 6, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary celebrated the 200th anniversary of our founding in 1816 with a special Gala.  Every year, we sponsor a scholarship dinner at St. Clement’s to raise money for the formation program at Our Lady of Grace Seminary.  Instead of the normal dinner, we decided […]
Life as an OMV and our 200th Anniversary (4/29/2017) - Entry by Jorge Sanchez…Two hundred years ago Venerable Pio Bruno Lanteri founded the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. I am very blessed to be part of the Oblate family. Recently we were inviting people to join us at our Gala for our 200th anniversary. During this time of invitation, some people shared their stories and […]
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,” […]


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