Interview with Steven

Steven Lilly is a good friend of mine. He is studying for the archdiocese of Chicago and he is in my group, in first year theology. Something that I appreciate and admire about Steven is his strong desire to work for others, not only in missionary work, but also with the “Peace and Justice Gospel of Life” that is a group […]

A Life of Service – Una vida de servicio

A few weeks ago I attended a dinner at St. Raphael Parish, it was a fundraising dinner for retired priests in charge of “The Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso”. It was a great vocational experience for me. First, I had the opportunity to share experiences with many young and retired priests, as well as […]

Experiencia de Dios

El pasado mes de marzo del tuve mi retiro ACTS, una experiencia que fue diferente a las demás retiros de evangelización que he tomado y en las cuales he ayudado dentro de este proceso de formación en el Seminario. Al principio me encontraba lleno de preocupaciones por la escuela, al saber que regresando después del retiro me encontraría […]

Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd

When I was in college in Vietnam, I used to have an image of Jesus the Good Shepherd on my desk at all times! It was a very peaceful, trustful, and joyful feeling whenever I looked at the image. The image reminded me that I was always taken care, watched over and protected by Jesus […]

Holy Week Experience

Toward the end of my second year of Philosophy I have had wonderful experiences in which I have learned a great deal, and one of them has been to live and serve during Holy Week. Here at Conception Seminary we had a delightful three day silent retreat as we approached the Easter Vigil. During this […]

School Year

This school year is almost over, but it feels like it has been barely three months! Time has gone by so fast. It has been such a great year. I have grown so much since arriving here. Being away in the middle of “nowhere” has really helped out my spirituality. I am able to keep […]


Last Month of the Third Year of Theology

Their is a month left for the Spring Semester to end and it is a time that can be stressful and also filled with joy and anticipation.  During this last month I have a few papers to write and then prepare for final exams before the end of the semester.  This year has been a […]

Mis primeras vacaciones como seminarista

Después de que entre al Seminario San Charles Borromeo, de la Diócesis de El Paso Tx. Pase 4 meses en los cuales no había ido a mi casa, la cual se encuentra en Saucillo, Chihuahua. Mi ciudad queda de 7 a 8 horas de distancia del  El Paso haciendo el viaje en camión. Cuando iba de camino a […]


You’ve Got to Have Heart!

I was born with a heart condition and needed complicated surgery, unfortunately I was too small for the trauma of open heart surgery and was forced to wait under the care at the hospital for six months. The day came and the surgery went on successfully. My mother always reminded me that God healed me […]


ACTS Retreat

A few days ago I attended a retreat called ACTS. It was an excellent experience because it was a time of intimacy with God, and also a time to know myself. The retreat was a great experience that enriched and strengthened my vocation. Some people gave testimonies about their conversion and God’s love, and then […]

Ministry of Lector at St. Mary’s Seminary

On February 15, 2015, I received and was installed into the Ministry of Lector for the Catholic Church by Most Rev. Curtis J. Guillory Bishop of Beaumont. This is the first step to get ready for priestly ordination. In this ministry, I have been given the responsibility to proclaim the Word of God in the […]


Priestly Formation?

This has been a good year. During my pastoral formation I have been helping with a group of RCIA students. One day, when we where teaching about priests and how they help us as pastors, one person from the group asked me: What is the formation that you have in order to become a priest? […]


Ash Wednesday Mission!

Ash Wednesday was last week – February 18, 2015. At 2:30PM that day, I departed from my intern parish to a Detention Center facility. After 30 minutes driving on Interstate 10, I arrived at the Detention Center at 3:00PM. Due to the schedule at the Detention Center, I could not have Liturgy of Word with […]


Canonical Retreat

In January I went on my canonical retreat here at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston because of ordination to the diaconate this year 2015.  This was at a retreat house here in Houston.  We went over the Ordination Rite for Deacon and it was a very spiritual and emotional retreat because I had the chance to reflect […]


The Lord is my shepherd

In my seminary (Conception Seminary College, in Conception, Missouri), we have a one-day retreat every month. This month, our retreat master was Fr. Scott Boeckman, from the Diocese of Oklahoma City. The theme of the retreat was psalm 23, which portrays God as a shepherd and the psalmist (the author of the psalm) as a […]


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) […]

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

Seeking Catholicism

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, […]

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

Mi llamada recibida por Dios para seguirle a El

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 […]

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 Life in Warm and Cold Colors

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 […]


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