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Father and Son Day at the Seminary 3/14/2016

Young men (ages 13 -18) and their fathers are invited to the Real Men, Real Faith: Father and Son Day of Service at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on April 9.  

“I’m excited for this event; we already have 18 signed up!” said seminarian Tim Fernandez, member of the Knights of Columbus Council organizing the Father and Son Day of Service.  “We’re hoping for 30 plus, so we want to spread the word all over the archdiocese.” 

Participants will take part in service projects, games, luncheon and have time to interact with seminarians in formation. They will also have an opportunity to hear a talk on the vocation of manhood by transitional deacon Alex McCullough and his father, Dan McCullough, as well as celebrate Mass.   

“This is a great opportunity for guys to get a snapshot of seminary life. We have our work, our play, our studies, and it’s all rooted in prayer with Mass, Holy Hour and the Rosary,” said seminarian Andrew Hess, who is also a Knight of Columbus helping coordinate the event.    

Although the service retreat is geared toward fathers and sons, young men may also be accompanied by an adult male chaperone.   Talks and discussions will focus on vocations, including what it means to be a good priest, father, and husband. 

“We want to help men to grow in fraternity and learn about vocations. It’s not necessarily just for those discerning a call to the priesthood, but for those who want to be good and holy men in the Church,” Andrew explained. “My serious discernment took place when I was about 16 to 18. That’s just a formative time of life. It’s important to meet other guys who are approachable and seeking to serve God.”

 “Weather permitting, we will probably be outside doing some work projects so guys may want to wear casual clothes that are also appropriate for Mass,” Tim added. “We want to spread the word and encourage young men this age (13-18) to spend the day with us, thinking about their future.”  

The Father and Son Day of Service is free.  Pre-registration is encouraged.

Contact seminarian Tim Fernandez with questions or to register.  

Photo by Susan Declercq of a seminarians participating in a seminary work weekend. 


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