Three Months Full of Blessings!

It has been three months since I started my pastoral internship year. The three months are full of blessings and surprises which help me grow personally, spiritually and professionally. It is a great blessing for me to be assigned to my intern parish where I am now. It is a parish in a small town […]


La misericordia de Dios

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo es un Dios muy compasivo, muy misericordioso y muy amoroso. Muchas veces oímos que nos vamos a ganar el infierno si no paramos de pecar. Eso es muy cierto pero existe algo muy grande, algo que todos podemos obtener y algo que Dios lo dejo para todos nosotros. Eso mis hermanos y […]


Seminary Life

Hello, my name is Noe Mendiola. I am the baby of the seminarians at St. Charles Seminary.  I arrived a short two and a half months ago and I am the only first-year seminarian this year.  Don’t be fooled by the word baby. You see, unlike your average seminarian I am 45 years old, but […]


Reflexión del fin de semestre

Mi primer semestre de teología en St. Mary’s Seminary en Houston estuvo lleno de muchos desafíos en el cual fue necesario la dedicación de tiempo a estudiar, orar, y hacer deporte.

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Father of the community

Deacon James Keating once said in a presentation, all priests must think like married men, not as bachelor. When I heard those words, I was scandalized. How can it be? A priest must see himself as a responsible husband to be a good leader of his community. He said a priest should be proud of […]


Archbishop’s Cup St. Mary’s and Assumption seminary

The seminaries of Assumption and St. Mary’s meet every year in either San Antonio or Houston for a fraternal gathering and to play sport in volleyball, basketball, flag football, and soccer called the Archbishop’s Cup.


The Semester Is Winding Down

It is now the last month in the semester here at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and it is getting a little colder outside and the leave are changing colors and falling of the trees.  But, it is also the time of final exams and term papers.  This semester I had a total of 6 papers (short and long paper) […]


Seeking Catholicism

Many of us have been Catholic all our lives. We don’t question our faith. But we also may not be able to articulate why we are Catholic. I wondered about why others choose to become Catholic, what do they see and appreciate that perhaps we miss. And so I asked a fellow seminarian, Michael Goodwin, […]


Mi llamada recibida por Dios para seguirle a El

Yo soy Wilbert Colas de Haití, por la gracia y la bendición de Dios nací el 04/01/1981 en un pueblo muy humilde y muy católico, dónde la gente tiene mucha fe en Dios nuestro Creador. Este lugar se llama JEAN-RABEL, está en la provincia de Noroeste de Haití donde aprendí como seguir a Dios en […]


My Life in Warm and Cold Colors

Even though I am not the President of the United States, the creator of a new painting technique, or a heroic missionary looking for new places to evangelize, I do believe that my life so far has been meaningful and exciting. My name is Angel Valdez; I was born in Cd. Juarez. I live in […]

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

My new step in formation

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 […]

Interesting / Interesante

Una nueva experiencia

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 […]

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

Getting pointed in the right direction

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 […]

Seminary Life / Vida en el Seminario

My First Days

My First Days

Hello my name is Noe Mendiola I am the baby of the seminarians at St. Charles Seminary. I arrived a short two and a half months ago and am the only first year seminarian this year. Don’t be fooled by the word baby, you see, unlike your average seminarian I am 45 years old but in seminarian […]

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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