Friday, February 25, 2011

Visit to Holy Apostles Seminary


On Sunday past I visited Holy Apostles Seminary for the first time.  It is located near Hartford Connecticut in the town on Cromwell, currently we have two seminarians there, Deacon Cecil Critch, and Mr. John Lavers.  It is a seminary that specializes in "later vocations" men who have chosen priesthood later in life, or as a second career.   A Native son of our province is the vice-rector there, Fr. John Hillier.   It was very nice to visit the men, and see the campus of the seminary.   The campus itself consists of several buildings, with a beautiful new chapel pictured above in the middle.   I stayed at the St. Barnabas residence, where they have rooms reserved for visiting clergy.  As director of vocations for the Archdiocese it is my responsibility to keep in regular contact with our seminarians, and to meet with those who are responsible for their formation.  I am happy to say the guys are doing very well, both from their perspective and the seminary's.  However after being away now for tens days it is very nice to get home, back to the parish, and with the people.  I am grateful for my ministry  as director of vocations, but there is no place like home.

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