This year as part of the Catholic Services Appeal donors have the option of making an additional gift to support the Seminarian Education Fund. This fund supports the fifteen men that are in formation to become future priests for the Archdiocese of Louisville. In the 2017 Catholic Services Appeal, 2,680 donors contributed $299,232 to support these men on their journey of formation and discernment to the priesthood. Kenny Nauert is a Pre-Theology I student at Saint Meinrad School of Theology. In his reflection, he shares about daily life in seminary and the joy of his vocation. To learn more about the Seminarian Education Fund and the other ministries supported by the Catholic Services Appeal, please visitwww.archlou.org/CSA.
By Kenny Nauert
I am asked all the time, “What is it like to be a seminarian? What do you do?”
The seminary is a place where I am able to discern more fully what God is calling me to do. It is an active participation in the pursuance of God’s will over my own.
While seminary is a place of discernment, it is also a cooperation in the numerous aspects of formation: intellectual, spiritual, human, and pastoral. You can liken seminary almost to a graduate level Catholic school, except when you graduate you hopefully become a priest!
On an average day at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, I take classes, I attend Mass and pray, and I perform ministry during the week and on the weekends.
On Sundays, we reinforce our community and purpose through the celebration of the Mass and praying the Liturgy of the Hours together. Every morning we pray the Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours in common, and afterwards classes start.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday we have classes throughout the day, with Mass at 11:30 a.m. On Wednesdays, Mass is at 8 a.m. and the day is reserved for ministry in the local communities and parishes. We pray Evening Prayer in common at 5 p.m. almost every day, and our afternoons, evenings and Saturdays are free for studying and community fellowship and service.
Ultimately, seminary formation is an active “Yes!” to God’s call to the priesthood while simultaneously making sure that God is calling me to this “Yes!”
In doing so, I am opening my heart to His heart, imploring that my desires become His desires, and hoping that I can be the man God wants me to be for His greater glory and for the good of His holy Church.
This article originally appeared in a special section ofThe Recordon vocation awareness.
See Archbishop Joseph Kurtz interview Martine Siegel, Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Louisville, about her outreach to victims of sexual abuse and her work in fostering a safe environment in the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Click hereto find more information and resources about the Archdiocese of Louisville’s commitment to reporting child abuse and to ensuring a safe environment for our children and youth.
A FamilyPrayer Service forThanksgiving
Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914,
Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts
(Alternate reading verses among those present.)
Reader: A reading from the Book of Psalms: Psalm 65: A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
Praise is due to you in Zion, O God.
Reader: Blessed is he whom you choose and call to dwell in your courts.
We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.
Reader: You visit the earth, give it water; you fill it with riches.
God’s ever-flowing river brims over to prepare the grain.
Reader: You crown the year with your bounty.
Abundance flows in your pathways;
in pastures of the desert it flows.
Reader: The hills are girded with you,
the meadows clothed with flocks.
The valleys are decked with wheat.
They shout for joy; yes, they sing!
As an option, each family member may express gratitude for something or someone for which he or she is personally grateful before saying together:
All: Father, all-powerful,
your gifts of love are countless
and your goodness infinite;
as we come before you on Thanksgiving Day
with gratitude for your kindness,
open our hearts to have concern
for every man, woman, and child,
so that we may share your gifts in loving service.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(From theThird Edition of the Roman Missal, “Opening Prayer for Thanksgiving Day,” Copyright 2011, International Commission on English In the Liturgy, Washington, DC.)
This month, we're highlighting some helpful and timely resources for Catholics throughout the Archdiocese. We encourage you to check out the resources below.
The Archdiocese of Louisville published a “Report to the Catholic People” on the issue of sexual abuse in the October 18 issue ofThe Record. This publication includes information about the history of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese, the measures the Archdiocese has taken to deal with this issue, including reaching out to victims, reporting promptly to authorities, removing offenders, and promoting a safe environment for all.View this report here.
Archbishop Kurtz has initiated a “Leadership Briefing” on the topic of sexual abuse. To read these,go here.
The November episode of Conversations is dedicated to information about sexual abuse and includes an interview with Martine Siegel, the Victim Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese, and Judge John Laun, the chair of the Archdiocese of Louisville Sexual Abuse Review Board.See these segments here.
Conversationsairs on the Faith Channel (Spectrum channels 19 and digital channel 279) on Tues. at 7 p.m., Wed. at 10 a.m., Fri. at 7 p.m., and Sat. at 4 p.m. It is on radio stations WLCR 1040 AM, Breadbox Media, and WLHN 95.3 FM in Meade County. You may downloadConversationsfor no charge through iTunes.Conversationsalso is available on Bardstown Cable Channel 19 (BRTV) at 7 p.m. on the first two Monday nights of the month and on Bardstown’s PLG TV on Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Conversationsis online here.
Giving Thanks for Parish Discernment
Archbishop Kurtz invites all parishes to join him in a Day of Prayer in gratitude for the process of parish discernment. He will celebrate the Saturday evening Mass – the first Mass of the new Church year – on December 1 at the Cathedral and would like all parishes to join him in making that first Sunday of Advent a time of prayer of gratitude in each parish of the Archdiocese. A special prayer of Thanksgiving can befound here.
Click hereto readThe Soul of the Parish: Being Led by the Holy Spirit Alive in Our Midst,Archbishop Kurtz’s second pastoral letterin response to the parish discernment process.
For a PDF version of this enewsletter, simply clickHERE
"Reverence For Life"
by Deacon Stephen Bowling
It has been said that one of the best ways to become truly wise is to seek the counsel of those who have gone before. In fact, one might say that the entire philosophy of a classical education is based upon this principle.
Although wisdom originates from God, it is often transmitted to us from others. Not through "quantity," as the rise of internet discourse might seem to suggest, but more in fact through "quality," as the timelessness of so many writings come down to us throughout the ages - from the saints for example - would illustrate.
When it comes to the issue of the dignity and sanctity of life - in all of its many facets and forms, but, of course, primarily in its human one - very few people, I think, have been wiser than Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
As we observe "Respect Life Month" every October, I cannot help but recall Schweitzer's famous philosophy of "Reverence for Life." Schweitzer developed this powerful way of looking at the world - as is so often that case - by a spiritual awakening, which he believed was granted to him by God's grace I 1915. This epiphany happened to him while on a boat trip on the Ogooue River in what was at the time known as French Equatorial Africa, but which is now known as the Central African nation of Gabon.
The quotation in the graphic above is Schweitzer's own summation of the central place in which respect for life (or as he would say, "reverence for life") should occupy in all that we do or say . . .
"The Mother Infant Care Program at Catholic Charities Louisville"
by Shalah Bottoms
I am pregnant with my first child, a girl due Aug 12th, and will be a stay at home mother. I came to America with my husband alone. I had no friends or family here. When I came to the Mother-Infant Care Program, I met friends. I felt like it was a good opportunity to meet other people and I enjoy coming. I met another girl who came from Lebanon and since we were both new to the country we became friends. I also learned a lot from the program.
The Mother Infant Care Program provides support to pregnant women who have made the courageous, lifelong decision to be a mother. Fathers are also invited to accompany moms to provide additional support and learn great information and resources. Through various educational classes, case management, and essential baby items, the Mother-Infant Care Program empowers parents to raise happy and healthy babies. Topics discussed include labor and birth, breastfeeding, car seat installation, and more. Each week participants may also receive necessary items for the baby and nursery, such as infant clothing, diapers, bibs and bottles. At the end of the six week program, parents receive a crib, car seat, or other gift of their choosing.
October is Respect Life month and respecting life starts at home. There are many things you can do not only this month, but throughout the year as a family to help promote Respect Life.
Reach out to a family member or friend who may be expecting and have them share the ultra sound pictures that will spark conversation.
Assisting the elderly is another fantastic way to afford both younger and older children an opportunity to practice awareness this month. An activity such as raking leaves for the elderly or (for the older kids) offering to run to the grocery store goes a long way when it comes to respect life.
Maybe a movie night is more your style. Movies not only entertain, but also provide an excellent opportunity for discussion. A complete list of pro-life movies with discussion guides can be found on the Culture Of Life Studies Program website HERE.
"Assisting In the Foster Care Crisis"
by Ed Harpring
"Things broken in an abusive parent-child relationship can only be restored through a compassionate, caring child-mentor relationship" stated Darren Washausen, Executive Director of Orphan Care Alliance.
As one of the presenters at the Archdiocese of Louisville Foster Care Awareness Event held at Holy Family Parish on October 16, 2018, Darren continued,
"The state of Kentucky does a good job of protecting children in a family crisis, by placing children in safe residential facilities, but it is up to the Body of Christ to show mercy and compassion and care for these neglected children who find themselves in foster care. The state can protect, but it's up to the Church to love these children. Orphan Care Alliance equips the Faith Community by connecting them to opportunities to serve children in foster care."