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Priesthood: Not a Job for the Past

Good Evening! On this night when we gather in support of the Seminary’s mission, I thought it might be helpful to remind ourselves what that mission is. Pope Benedict XVI several years ago wrote a beautiful letter to seminarians around the world. I was not a seminarian yet – I was still an undergraduate at […]

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Finding God in the Mountains

So, there I was, 6:30 in the morning, sitting over one of the kids in my crew in the middle of the backcountry. As I finish praying the last Glory Be of my Rosary, the boy’s eyes open wide and begin to dart around the cabin as he clutches his stomach tighter. As the pain […]

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Smells and bells once again

A new year of formation has begun at Overbrook.  In keeping with tradition, the campus came back to life with a celebration of Vespers.  The liturgical day celebrated the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but on this annual occasion, with its participants clad in cassocks and surplices and singing in Latin, […]

2017 Concursus Address: “Why are we here?”

Archbishop Chaput, Justice Alito, Bishops, Priests and Religious, Administration and Faculty, Brother Seminarians, Family and Friends, Why are we here? This was the question posed to us at the beginning of the school year and one that we have been asked to ponder. If you will permit me, I would like to attempt an answer. […]

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“Castaway” and Letting Go

When things begin to get tough the question of “what if I just give up and turn around?” seems to come to mind. Giving up seems to be the best decision at hand. It would be the easiest route, and, I mean, what’s the point of finishing this silly tough task anyway, right? I felt this […]

Reflections on the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity

A friend of mine once told me about a priest she knew. Many times at Sunday Mass, after the homily, he would invite the faithful to recite the Creed in this way: “Do you dare stand and profess your faith with me?” That came to mind recently, because one of my favorite days of the […]

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