Seminarians’ Blog

Daniel Conigliaro 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,” […]
Daniel Conigliaro samples some Thanksgiving food -- complete with a flaming toothpick. 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 […]
Left to right:  Jorge, Jonathon, Colin, Brenden, Jeremy, Jonas, Leland. 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 […]
St. Peter Chanel, Hawaiian Gardens, CA 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 […]
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. […]


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