Category Archives: Seminarians and Seminaries

The dying out of women religious, and the crisis of religious, priestly vocations. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

If anyone in the English speaking world knows what the status quaestionis is concerning American women religious it’s Ann Carey. She has written insightful books about, especially, why some orders are imploding from their own suicide pact with modernity.  See … Continue reading

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Liturgical worship… priestly vocations… Is what we are doing working or not?

I had mentioned that I was re-reading Robert Hugh Benson’s prophetic Lord of the World.  I finished it yesterday. US HERE – UK HERE
Just as I finished it, I found these things.
First, I want to preface with this: When you are on a journey towards a … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! 100 Cassocks for 100 Seminarians

You know about the BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT.  I reminded you of it the other day.
I had a note from a seminarian in these USA:
First, I wanted to thank you on behalf of my seminarian brothers and myself for all that … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project – HELP!

“¡Hagan lío!”, right?
I had a note last month from John Hastreiter at Leaflet Missal:
About 30 guys on the waiting list.
It’s enough to make you choke up.  THIRTY men waiting… waiting… waiting….
YOU, dear readers, have supplied over 100 birettas to seminarians.  Kudos. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Too much Precious Blood consecrated. Who should consume?

From a seminarian…
QUAERITUR:
First and foremost I have to thank you immensely for this blog, which has greatly helped me and some of my brothers from our Seminary down here in Brazil (where stuff like those on Fishwrap are rather commonplace … Continue reading

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More about #indefectibility – Wherein Fr. Z rants about Popes, Councils, Priests.

I’ve had a lot of notes from people about a post from yesterday.
I have, once again today, prayed the prayer I mentioned.  I am going to make this part of my routine for the foreseeable future.
Also, in regard to indefectibility, … Continue reading

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The Steamroller of Ambiguity and the Long Term. Wherein @FatherZ rants.

Many these days feel a little helpless as the lib Steamroller of Ambiguity squishes sickeningly forward, reducing clarity to an amorphous goo of permissive self-justification.
What can we do?
Feel helpless no longer.
You have at your disposal – 24/7 – powerful arms against the Enemy … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How early can seminarians start learning to say Traditional Latin Mass

From a seminarian…
QUAERITUR:
I recently read your post encouraging priests to learn the TLM. It made me think, how early should a seminarian begin to learn it? Would it be jumping the gun for someone in 1st Theology to begin watching … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What can we do to get these men into seminary?

From a reader:
I am a Youth Minister at a parish and have probably a dozen young men (age 12-19) who are discerning calls to the priesthood and are interested in seminary. I have young priests at the parish, but they are reluctant to … Continue reading

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Should a seminary headline a homosexualist activist as a speaker?

I’ve been made aware that Theological College in Washington DC, for their “Alumni Days” coming up in October, is scheduled to have homosexualist activist Jesuit Fr. James Martin as their speaker. HERE
Theological College is the National Seminary of Catholic University … Continue reading

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The crisis of priestly vocations: good advice from a smart priest

More on the issue of vocations to the priesthood.  Allow me, first, to say that the “crisis” of vocations was created and it’s perpetuation is also not only tolerated but, in some places, fostered.  That said, it is probable that in most … Continue reading

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IN THE WILD: “Prayer For Vocations” spotted

I had a great text cross-country SMS from a colleague in the TMSM this morning at a little church in Shell Lake, WI.  Here is a poster at the parish…

First, I am delighted that they found – note the date … Continue reading

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A reader has fun with a seminarian, a great book, and an “ordination tambourine”

A seminarian sent this…
Hello Father,
I wanted to let you know that one of your readers, upon reading this post, sent me a copy of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s new book on the priesthood. I received it a few days ago – along … Continue reading

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Tradition = vocations – It isn’t rocket science

I contend that the shortage of vocations is a self-inflicted wound.
Yesterday, here in the Diocese of Madison, the Extraordinary Ordinary and the seminarians concluded a week of praying together, talks, activities, hanging out with each other and priests.  Among other … Continue reading

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Thanks from seminarian: The BIRETTA PROJECT!

The other day, HERE, I mentioned that new seminarians of the diocese, gathered for their annual week with the Extraordinary Ordinary, have been measured for their birettas as part of the ongoing BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT.
So far, this project has met … Continue reading

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