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John 8-32

Steps we can take to “remain” free

In a recent homily, one of our deacons publicly announced a literary lacuna on this blog site!  He told the congregation he could not find any post that offered “five easy steps” to put into practice the Gospel teaching in which Jesus proclaims that “the truth will set you free.” It’s good to know SemCasual […]


Forgetting to be a Christian

Being at St. Charles, older and more experienced seminarians are always offering advice about how to be a more authentic and discerning seminarian or just how to get through the many years of study and seminarian life. Some advice is certainly worth keeping and every now and then even worth living by. Recently, a long-time […]

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 […]


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. […]