Seminarians of the ThIIIIIrd MillENNNNiummmmm!

Hmmmm…. wait…

I suspect we are being made game of.


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  1. Supertradmum says:

    My soon-to-be seminarian son and I just watched this, laughing all the way. We especially liked the anti-communist Jesuit-“some things never change” (?) and the class on the golf course in Pastoral Theology. Great find, Father Z and I shall pass it on to our seminarian friends not at Kenrick…

  2. Supertradmum says:

    …and may I add that the baptizing of the Martian Ants fits into your species tolerance movement…Lady priestesses would approve.

  3. revs96 says:

    i like that subsubdeacon idea. whisper the prayers in the vernacular to the people.

  4. FrCharles says:

    “fortify one another with pious discourse” Ha! Oh, and “LS MFT;” Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco

  5. “his is a video made for Alumni Day 2007 at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. The premise is that the class of 1957 made a short film about what the seminary would be like in 2007.

    Put together by Catholic seminarians at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO.”

    I’m not so sure we’re actually being made fun of…

  6. curtjester says:

    As I remember this was created by Jeff Geerling when he was still in seminary there. So this was not a case seminarians being made fun of, but seminarians having fun. Jeff blogs at

  7. jmcj says:

    I know these guys personally. They are not making fun of traditionalists at all. These guys just know how to have fun and they’re very creative.

  8. JonM says:

    The Second Tridentine Council, Mars colonization, and Pius XV.

    Well, God did give us free will. Maybe some day!

  9. Agnes says:

    Flash Gordans of the spiritual life. Oorah!

    Oh Penjing, you silly tree. Say good night!

  10. dakota says:

    I’m the younger brother of one of the former seminarians who appears in and helped produce this video. I say “former seminarians” because these men were ordained this past spring. Let me assure everyone that they mean no offense to traditionalists. On the contrary, they hold close to tradition themselves. They are intelligent, orthodox, and well trained in both the OF and EF. I’ve personally attended EF Masses offered by three of them–in June, my brother offered a Solemn High Mass, the first in our Diocese in 40 years. I know I’m biased when I say this, but these young priests give me a lot of hope for the future of the Church.

    P.S. I also happen to know some of these men drink their morning coffee from “Say the Black, Do the Red” coffee mugs.

  11. Mike says:

    I’m so glad you posted this! I found this video some time ago on YouTube and just a few weeks ago, when I tried to find it again, I could not remember what it was called. What a great video.

  12. Father S. says:

    You all should check this out, too. The first speaker was a classmate of mine.

  13. mdsmelser says:

    This was so fun to watch… very original.

  14. Father S. says:

    Here, too. This is a nice video from Fr. Edward Richard, MS. He is the Vice Rector at Kenrick.

  15. Athanasius says:

    Can roboarm light a pipe as well?

  16. Liz F says:

    dakota, please wish these young priests well from us and tell them how much we have enjoyed this video. My kids and I laughed and laughed and were very edified by it. I cannot think of a more wholesome use of their fun time! God bless and keep them. (Thanks, Fr. Z, for dusting it off!) btw, the subsubdeacon idea was my favorite the first time I watched it, but now I’m loving the Jesuit! What a crack-up!

  17. irishgirl says:

    Very funny! These guys are soooo creative! Made me remember the black-and-white history documentaries I would watch in my schooldays!

    Don’t like the smoking, though-I hope the seminarians featured are not real-life ‘nicotine addicts’!

    That Jesuit looked as he was going to explode in the classroom!

  18. Liz F says:

    irishgirl, don’t you think that’s all part of the humor? smoking was all the rage in the fifties. if you watch those old movies they were practically all chain smokers. smoking has become so politically incorrect, but who would have thought that back in the 50s.

  19. irishgirl says:

    Liz F-I get your point. I’m old enough to remember that smoking was ‘cool’ back in the fifties.

  20. Athelstan says:

    Hello JonM,

    I also look forward to the day when Pope Pius XV creates the first diocese on Mars – with, of course, a restricted indult for those Catholic colonists still attached to the novus ordo.

  21. dakota says:

    Liz F, I certainly will wish them well for you, though I imagine many of them have already read these comments. :)

    Also, the prevalent smoking is indeed a joke. In the interest of full disclosure, some of them do mark a special occasion with a cigar or pipe, but never to an intemperate degree.

  22. geerlingguy says:

    Modeled after Captains in His Army (also produced for the Archdiocese of St. Louis):

    Some of these seminarians have also been featured in:
    Duel of the Seminarians –
    Exploring Myth: Theseus and the Minotaur:

  23. Will D. says:

    First, on a serious note:

    Here, too. This is a nice video from Fr. Edward Richard, MS. He is the Vice Rector at Kenrick.

    Thank you for posting this Fr. S. I encourage everyone to watch it and click the thumbs-up button. Fr. Richard discusses the morality of embryonic stem-cell research in that video, and both the rating and the comments are heavily leaning against the side of goodness and light.

    Second, these parody videos are hilarious. They speak to the joy of those who have found their true vocation. Good for them.

  24. Tom A. says:

    I laughed and laughed several years ago when this first came out. It is still extremely funny. Especially the part with the Jesuit and the evils of communism!

  25. Jane says:

    A puff on a cigarette for the Holy Souls??? I won’t be trying to help them in THAT WAY! Smoking is a SIN! It is against the commandment not to kill. Smoking is killing YOURSELF and second hand smoke is killing others!

    On a lighter note: St. Catherine of Laboure used to give the old men cigarettes. She thought that she was helping them. The ugly medical facts about what smoking does to your health were not known in her day. I have always thought that giving them a Miraculous Medal as well was very providential, because they were going to need help when they ended up with lung cancer due to smoking!

  26. Thomas S says:

    “I feel sorry for anyone who crosses paths with this zealous Jesuit. I guess some things never change.”


    “Well, I guess the number of seminarians has dropped below the 7 million mark for the first time since 1965.”

    Had me howling. Outstanding video.

  27. Iconophilios says:

    Personally, I liked the two new minor orders – sub-subdeacon and sub-porter.

  28. John 6:54 says:

    Who ever did the narration sounded like they did it for their career.

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