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Fall 2016 Newsletter
World Youth Day Experience
St. Joseph Seminary
July 25- 31, 2016
World Youth Day was amazing! My wish was to go and see the Catholic Church in a broader and bigger way. These were aspects of WYD which were hard to miss. Being able to see Pope Francis in person was spectacular. To participate in the Mass with him, and to hear his voice in person, are two things I will never forget. He spoke with authority and great love, and this made my heart rejoice.
I am a seminarian; I want to become a priest. World Youth Day was a great opportunity for discernment. I didn’t realize that I would be actively discerning at WYD, yet how could discernment not creep in at an event where the people of God are gathered? I am attracted to the priesthood because of the people. I really want to give myself to all people through Christ, to the faithful, and especially those who do not yet know Christ and His Church. I desire all people to love and serve God with all their heart.
I was inspired by the witness of all the bishops, priests, and consecrated religious people. I was moved, in particular, by an experience I had bumping into a group of people from Madagascar. I heard them speaking French, and I began talking with them. I learnt that one in the group was a seminarian. We spoke for at least thirty minutes, and it felt like we knew each other. It was amazing! We encouraged each other, told stories, and rejoiced simply to be with one another. World Youth Day – Krakow was a once-in-a-lifetime experience which I hope I will never forget.
Photo taken by www.christiantoday.com.au
3rd year, studying Philosophy for the Archdiocese of St. Boniface
Fall 2016 Newsletter
Dcn. Ross Cambell, Diocese of Hamilton, Bishop Daniel Miehm, D.D.
September 21st – Fr. Michael Ngo, Diocese of St. Paul, Bishop Paul Terrio, PSS
Dcn. Michael Yaremko, Diocese of Saskatoon, Bishop Donald Bolen
I was ordained alongside my diocesan brother Dcn. Vincent Lusty on June 17th, 2016 for the Archdiocese of St. Boniface at our cathedral parish in Winnipeg. This was a very special and memorable day on which I was surrounded by family, friends, brother seminarians, and priests who traveled from all over to be present. Now I am back at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton for one final year as a deacon before I hope to be ordained a priest.
I feel blessed that I get to spend one final year at the seminary with so many great men. I know it will be hard to leave at the end, because of so many wonderful memories that have been made at the seminary. Together we pray, work, study, eat, play sports and cards, watch movies, and the list goes on. Being a deacon in this environment has given me some new roles. I am now called upon to bless our meals when we go out for a bite to eat. I am asked to lead prayer when we pray the Liturgy of the Hours, during some weeks, every morning and evening. I am asked to give a homily every now and then at Mass in our beautiful seminary chapel.
While I know it will be hard to leave, there is also a big part of me that is eager to get out and serve God’s people, wherever He calls me to be. I have learned so much from my brother seminarians and the formation team, and I am grateful for the memories we share. I am looking forward to giving back for all of the great things I have received at St. Joseph Seminary.
Dcn. Roger Niedzielski, Archdiocese of Edmonton, Archbishop Richard Smith
Deacon Joshua Gundrum
6th year, studying Theology for the Archdiocese of St. Boniface
Ordinations for 2015-2016
Deacon in Transition
Fr. Trinh Do, Diocese of Nelson, Bishop John Corriveau, OFM Cap.
Dcns. Joshua Gundrum and Vincent Lusty, Archdiocese of St. Boniface, Archbishop
Dcn. Arpee Urquico, Archdiocese of Regina, Archbishop Emeritus James Wiesgerber
From left to right:Dcn. Vincent Lusty, Archbishop Albert LeGatt, Dcn. Joshua Gundrum
October 23rd – Dcn. Bonnie Fanaiye, Diocese of Nelson, Bishop John Corriveau, OFM Cap.
Having lived for three years at the seminary of Christ the King in Mission, B.C, I had become accustomed to a disciplined life, which included daily times of silence and reflection. As I was about make the transition to St. Joseph Seminary, I was worried that I might not be able to continue, to the same degree, that prayer life which I had grown accustomed to with the Benedictines. It isn’t that I thought I wouldn't pray, but I was concerned that I would not be able to remain as recollected as I was during my stay at Christ the King. I was pleasantly surprised, when I arrived in Edmonton, to start the seminary year with a five day silent retreat, which was preached by Fr. Benedict Croell O.P., the Vocations Director of the Eastern Dominican Province.
Any fears I had about finding times of prayer and silence disappeared. Furthermore, the theme of the retreat, "the Indwelling of the Trinity”, gave me more than enough material to chew on during my reflection; God is always and everywhere present, and in a very special way, in the heart of the believer. I now have a clear and precise goal to focus on while at St. Joseph’s. One that beautifully complements the formation of a structured and prayerful life, which I received at Westminster Abbey: to be recollected is to be constantly aware of His presence within me and that He may be glorified in absolutely everything I do.
'The Indwelling of the Trinity'
Fr. Benedict Croell O.P. preacher of the opening retreat presiding at mass
1st year, studying Philosophy for the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan
Fr. Miguel Irizar
Pastor of St. Peter Parish and attached missions
What great love we should have for the Holy Father. It is the same love we have, not only for the previous Pope, or the current Pope, or the next Pope, but for every Pope which the Holy Spirit gifts to the Church. After all, it is God who chooses him through his Cardinals. Our love for the Holy Father should lead us to pray for him daily (as we do at every Mass), as well as to be attentive to his teachings.
The Pontificate of Pope Francis has marked over half of my priesthood. Shortly after his election as Bishop of Rome, I was appointed Pastor of St. Peter's Parish and attached missions. During this time, the following teachings from our Holy Father have shaped my priestly ministry:
1. Pray. Priestly ministry without a serious life of prayer cannot be fruitful. There is nothing more precious we can give to others than our love for Christ which grows and deepens by spending time on our knees in his presence.
2. Smell like your sheep. A pastor acquires this smell by staying put in his parish with his people, always available to minister to them. It involves closeness and tenderness.
3. Go to the peripheries. The existence of a periphery implies there is a centre. Christ is the center. By going to the peripheries, the parish moves away from mere maintenance to mission. The goal, of course, is to accompany those that find themselves in the peripheries to the centre.
4. Spend hours in the confessional. During this Year of Mercy, as we contemplate how Divine Mercy is given to us gratuitously and generously in the great Sacrament of Penance; the confessional should have a central place in the life of the parish. I do my best always to be available for confession.
5. Do not neglect the elderly. In a throwaway culture, the parish must strive to value and esteem the many wonderful seniors who have walked the path of life before us, for they are “the memory” that helps us move forward.
These are, of course, just a few of the many beautiful teachings our Holy Father has given the Church which have influenced my priestly ministry. May God continue to grant him strength as he shepherds the Church of God.
Pope Francis in my Priesthood
Newman Theological College has the motto fides quaerens intellectum, faith seeking understanding. My studies there, though few thus far, have begun to bring the motto to life. I am now in my first year of theology here at St. Joseph Seminary, following a three year undergraduate degree in philosophy. At times philosophy, though enjoyable, seemed to me almost pointless for my future in theology and ultimately the priesthood. Now, only a few months into my theological studies, I have already recognized many cases where it is because of the fundamental principles I learned in philosophy that I am able to say “this article of faith, I understand.”
Oddly enough, there is a deeper meaning rising out of the college’s motto. The more I seek, the more I understand, but the more I understand, the more I seek. I find that the faith is like a fountain that never runs dry, and I drink from it when I thirst; yet, the more I drink from it, the more I thirst. Thus, not only does the fountain of faith never run dry, but my thirst for the water flowing from that fountain is never quenched. But again, it is only because of the cup of philosophy that I can draw from the fountain and drink deeply with understanding.
The scholastics had a saying: philosophia ancilla theologiae, philosophy is the handmaid of theology. My time in philosophy provided me with the skills of reasoning necessary for drawing deeper from the fountain. Without philosophy I could only draw water with my hands, scraping only the surface of the faith with my understanding, but with philosophy in my service, I can draw water without it slipping between my fingers, thereby grasping more with understanding. Yet, because the fountain never runs dry, understanding shall ever continue to be sought. Yes, in theology the motto rings true, ours is not a blind faith without reason, but a faith seeking understanding.
The Quest of Theology
4th year, studying Theology for the Diocese of St. Paul
St. Joseph Seminary
Member of the Basilian Fathers since 1951, ordained 1961
Interviewed and written by:
5th year, studying Theology for the Archdiocese of St. Boniface
An Interview with Fr. Brian Inglis, C.S.B.
Fr. Brian is a priest with the Congregation of St. Basil, for 65 years. He taught as a professor at St. Joseph’s College at the UofA and later served as pastor of Our Lady of the Foothills in Hinton, AB. Now he serves on the formation team at St. Joseph Seminary. Here is a brief conversation with Fr. Brian Inglis.
Given your extended experience of priestly life, what aspects of our seminary forma tion do you think will prove most benef icial in our future ministry for the people of God?
As a member of the Basilian Fathers, I spent many years teaching until retirement when I was asked to become pastor in Hinton, Alberta. I came to the Formation Team bringing the experience of fifty-five years as a priest. Here I live with fifty men, mostly young, pursuing a demanding academic and spiritual program that keeps them very busy from September through June. I don't recall being so intensely formed in my seminary days. If these future priests intend to be men of deep faith and prayer and instruments of communicating the faith of the Catholic Church as pastors, they have the opportunity to become all of that here.
How have has your recent experience of serving on the formation team impacted your understanding of priestly formation?
Living, as these future pastors will, in a mostly secular culture, there is need now for occasional programs in Human Formation. This was not thought necessary in my formation, though perhaps that was an oversight even then. But now there is need of them from the outset to form clear
judgments in the areas of the use and abuse of electronic media, collaborative ministry, ministry to First Nations, etc. Generally experienced facilitators are invited in to lead these sessions.
What has stood out most to you in your past two years with us at St. Joseph seminary?
One of the notable features of this seminary is the four hundred years of tradition in seminary formation that the Society of Saint Sulpice brings with it. Meetings typically begin with a reading from the Constitution of the Society. Tradition can be an anchor that retards progress, but its intended function is to connect the boat (or institution) with what is solid and proven and not leave it to the caprice of every current prevailing wind. In addition, I would add that I greatly appreciate the celebration of liturgies here. The Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist are essential to the lifestyle, and feasts are beautifully observed with singing, ceremony, incense and substantial reflections on the Word of God in homilies.
Advent Party. Seminarians celebrate the end of the semester and entrust themselves into God’s hands as they commence finals.
Annual St. Agnes Parish Mass and Brunch. Knights of Columbus and Catholic Women's League show their support as seminarians begin a new year of studies.
The Knights of Columbus Brother Anthony Council of Holy Family Parish in St. Albert invite the seminary community for a Seminarian Appreciation Supper.
Presentation of Mary: Mass-Ave Maris Stella
Newsletter Committee: Shane Lambert (Editor), Travis Chabot, Brian Trueman, Fr. Robert Gauthier, PSS with the assistance of Fr. Brian Inglis, C.S.B. and Sean Cote
The Presentation of Mary. The patronal feast of the Sulpicians who have served and continue to serve as priests on the formation team at the Seminary since 1990.
Come and See Weekend. Seven young men come to the Seminary to discern whether God may be calling them to the priesthood.
St. Joseph Seminary Events Chronicle
Seminarians Parker Love, Anthony Phung and Chinh Vu receive the ministry of Acolyte and seminarians Reed Miller, Chris Juchacz, John Ottens and Andrew Lindenbach receive ministry of Lector.
10 new seminarians arrive at St. Joseph Seminary for orientation. August 24th, Returning seminarians arrive. Altogether 49 men are registered in formation from 11 dioceses.
Seminarians attend a workshop on chant at the newly dedicated Corpus Christi Parish.
Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P., leads the seminary community in the opening retreat. He reflected on the indwelling presence of the Trinity (cf. article p.2).
Archbishop McNeil Society Mass and Luncheon. St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College welcome members of the Archbishop McNeil Society to appreciate the contributions of benefactors to the future of the institutions.
Jazz Night. The seminary Ad Gentes Committee raised $4500 at their annual fundraiser to support people sponsored through Chalice.