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Hog Roast Begins, Renews Seminary Fellowship 8/12/2016

Father Dan Schmitmeyer, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, says the event is a relaxed opportunity for all of the seminarians to get together before the academic year begins. “We have men at three different seminaries,” he says. “It helps them form a brotherhood and is also good to meet the new men entering the seminary.”

One of those men is Scott Morgan, who graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum this spring and will begin his studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary later this month.

“The hog roast was great as always,” he says. “It’s a great joy for all the seminarians to get together. We don’t get to see each other that often, and it’s good to build fraternity.”

While some seminarians are still traveling or working at parish or mission projects, many were able to come – including many of the 13 men who will begin their formation this year in one of the bigger classes in recent history.

One who couldn’t make it, new college seminarian Jeff Stephens, had just returned from World Youth Day in Poland.

“What I experienced there was the great joy of relationship with others,” he says. “As Pope Francis once put it (quoting an old African proverb), 'If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.'” At the seminary, he says, “I hope to build life-long relationships with my brother seminarians, that we might go great distances for God!”

Fr. Schmittmeyer says seeing the students together gives the faculty a boost as well. “The men are very positive about their faith and the Church, and are looking to do something heroic in our world,” he says.

“They are looking for an opportunity to live lives that are radically different than what society says we should all want. These men inspire me to be a better, more prayerful man of faith myself. The future of the Church looks great with these men we have in discernment now.”

Click the following link to see a photo gallery of the annual hog roast on August 6

Photo Credit: Seminarians in a friendly discussion with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.
Photos by E.L. Hubbard Photography.  Text Credit: Gail Deibler Finke


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