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Getting pointed in the right direction

When I discerned to resume my priestly formation after being “on hiatus” for several years, I looked forward to many things that I missed from my previous time in formation. But I was surprised to find that what I missed most was spiritual direction. For those unsure what spiritual direction is, it’s a time set […]

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Los santos del nuevo milenio

Este mes celebramos la memoria de todos los santos, y no puedo evitar recordar con alegría las palabras que mencionó S.S. Juan Pablo II en el discurso de la XV Jornada mundial de la juventud: «Jóvenes de todos los continentes ¡no tengáis miedo de ser los santos del nuevo milenio! Sed contemplativos y amantes de […]

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Una nueva experiencia

Hola, mi nombre es Alfonso Coronado. Soy originario de Saucillo, Chih., que se encuentra al sureste del estado de Chihuahua. Por ahora me encuentro estudiando inglés en UTEP en el programa ELI (English Language Institute). Es mi segundo mes en la Universidad. Siendo un tiempo arduo y de mucho trabajo para poder aprender el inglés rápido para poder servir […]

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My new step in formation

New air I am breathing; a new environment and definitely new challenges. My first semester here in Conception Seminary College has been great so far. One thing to highlight would be the brotherhood that there is here in the seminary. It is so easy to walk into each other’s rooms and get help or just hang […]

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Pastoral Year has begun

I have been doing my pastoral year for about two months and I have enjoyed it so far. The pastor is a young priest: intellectual, humble, holy, and passionate. I have been learning a lot from him. The life at the parish is full of surprises! The pastor and I definitely try to accomplish whatever […]

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My pastoral year

Pastoral year is a program of the diocese for all the seminarians who are usually in the second or third year in theology. Each and every seminarian of the diocese in theology level needs to be ready for the internship program. Pastoral year is equivalent to “on the job training” for the all students studying […]

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Transition Back To Seminary

I have returned to for my third year of theology here at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, TX.  I have two more years left if I am to be ordained priest.  The transition for Pastoral Year to the seminary was somewhat easy.  I know that seminary is only temporal and the two years will be […]

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Reflection on Celibacy

Why can’t priests marry? It’s a question people often ask and the requirement of celibacy has also been blamed as one of the causes of sexual abuse by priests. Our Church teaches that “The underlying logic of priestly celibacy is the same one we encounter in Christian matrimony: the total gift of everything forever in […]

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Lots of Activities

The time goes by fast and we continue working in our formation. We have already completed two months of this fall 2014, and we are now in midterms. But since we started this school year, we have already completed lots of activities. At Conception Seminary College every seminarian participates in lots of activities. Some of […]

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Walking into the Unknown

Where am I? What is this place? Why was I sent here? Is this a punishment? These are all the questions I ask myself when I was sent into Conception Seminary College. When I first arrived at the Seminary I was surprised when I saw it in the “middle of nowhere.” I questioned everything about […]

Categories / Categorías

New School Year

New School Year

Something that characterizes the beginning of the new school year is the list of books that are necessary for classes. The books weigh heavy and can be very intimidating (many seminarians will even post photos of their school books to social media sites in exaggeration.) But I ask myself, “What is it that keeps me […]

Discernment / Discernimiento

The Convocation: Such a Great Blessing

The Convocation: Such a Great Blessing

This past week I had the opportunity to experience my first convocation. The experience was such a blessing in many ways. One of the things I truly loved about the convocation was being able to see my fellow seminary brothers that I rarely get to see in a daily basis. The convocation made it possible […]

Events / Eventos

Summer 2014 – A New and Wonderful Experience!

Summer 2014 – A New and Wonderful Experience!

It is summer time!!! How do you enjoy your summer so far? Wish you an enjoyable, fruitful, and blessed summer. I would like to share with you how my summer looks like so far. For this summer, I am doing my Clinical Pastoral Education in Austin, Texas as a chaplain. I have been going from […]

Interesting / Interesante

Everything Happens For a Reason

Everything Happens For a Reason

How many people out there have problems? You could barely have any problems or you might be filled with many. Some of the problems might be small while others are big. Some might affect you more than others. The truth is that we allow our problems to influence us in our decision-making. There are many […]

Interviews / Entrevistas

Interview with Ross Epping

Interview with Ross Epping

This is the first a new series that will focus on people activities at the seminary that I attend. I know the power of the witness of the life of others. We are inspired by their actions and commitment and great love that make us want to be people of faith commitment and love. I hope […]

Reflection / Reflexión

Hope for the Homeless

Hope for the Homeless

This summer, I have many assignments.  One assignment is to work at the Vocation Office at the Diocese to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Another assignment is to work at the Opportunity Center, a shelter for homeless people here in El Paso. What do I do there? First and foremost, the experience […]

Seminary Life / Vida en el Seminario

What do seminarians do?

What do seminarians do?

One of the programs that Mundelein Seminary offers for seminarians in second year of Pre-theology (a year before first theology) is called Mission Trip. This year there were three options: one of them was to go to Piura, Peru to a Church that is called Santisimo Sacramento: the second one was to go to Mission […]

Vocation Story / Historia Vocacional

My Calling

My Calling

My vocation story started around the age of 8. Since I was a little kid, I always wanted to attend church. My family was the type that never went to church. Every time we passed Our Lady of Assumption Church I always wanted to go inside the temple. My family just said “One day we […]

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