FEEDBACK and REQUEST from seminarian

From a seminarian:

Thank you kindly for the biretta program you set up. Because of this program, another seminarian and I (both attending the same seminary) received our birettas. Please pass on my thanks to our beloved benefactors and our dear supplier.

I also ask for a prayer request. The reception of this biretta comes at a time in formation and life when I dearly needed a reminder that there are indeed good, decent people in the world who want and need seminarians and priests willing to be authentically Catholic. Living authentically Catholic is incredibly hard today. (It seems even harder in seminary.) I ask you, please pray for my brother seminarians and myself to persevere through the difficulties of formation directors and even our own personal stubbornness and to be open to the workings of God in our lives.

I see the work you do, and the work of many holy and faithful priests and I am inspired and filled with hope for what tomorrow holds. So, once again, thank you for your ministry. Thank you for your love of all things Catholic. Thank you also for the constant reminders to go to confession.

For you newcomers, what’s this all about?



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  1. Mike says:

    Thanks for passing this along. It reminded me to have Mass said for two faithful young seminarians each of whom is having to “fly under the radar” to some degree.

  2. mercy2013 says:

    Dear Seminarian,
    Yes. There are many of us lay people out here that are praying for you, your fellow seminarians, and newly ordained priests. We are in a similar situation, as in many of our parishes we, also, cannot speak up for the reality that we will be branded by other laity, Catholic school teachers and clergy. We may be silent, but we are here. Our hope is that enough seminarians like you will persevere until you become full pastors in a few decades, and that our grandchildren may grow up in a different environment. I am in the practice of offering my rosary on Thursdays for priests and seminarians, and will add you to those intentions. Thanks be to God for your your vocation!

  3. I ask the intercession of St. Therese, The Little Flower, for this seminarian and all men in the seminary. I would like to suggest a book to him, “Maurice and Therese: The Story of a Love”, which is a book of letters between a seminarian named Maurice and St. Therese. I think this seminarian will get a lot out of the letters Therese wrote to Maurice. The book is available on

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  4. Whoops, I had no idea I copied all that. Maybe you can delete all that extra junk Fr. Z.? Embarrassing!

  5. yatzer says:

    I pray for priests and seminarians daily. We need faithful ones so much. God bless all of you.

  6. un-ionized says:

    semperficatholic, it adds to the charm of your post.

  7. CalvinistConvert says:

    Seminarian…be reassured that many ,many are storming Heaven on your behalf and on behalf of all priests who are finding it more and more difficult to remain faithful to the fullness of Catholic Tradition in an environment that is so hostile against it.
    It seems that all the priests in our diocese who are trying to remain authentically Catholic either “disappear” via sickness/leave of absences or they get reassigned from positions of parish priests to positions of chaplain/parochial vicar in another parish. So we lay people are suffering with you.
    Please let us know if there is anything more we can do …until then ….many Our Fathers,Hail Marys and Rosaries will continue to be prayed.

  8. marthawrites says:

    I belong to the St. Therese Society in two dioceses, the one where I live and the one for which our son is studying to be a priest. Each day of the week a specific seminarian’s name is listed as the object of all members’ prayers. In addition, I receive notices from the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE, where our son studied last summer. They have a program, IPF–I Pray Fridays–new, I think, for the purpose of praying for diocesan seminarians. So there are many lay people who keep you and others uppermost in our hearts.

  9. NoraLee9 says:

    Hi Seminarian:

    I abstain from meat on Wednesdays for Seminarians. The original intention was that the gentlemen servers at Holy Innocents, St. Agnes, & other churches in our tri-state area would get the call or persevere in vocations. I’ll extend my intention to include you & your friends. I’ll add a little extra something for penance on those Wednesdays as well.
    Don’t give up. As Father often says, keep your head down. I would add, keep your mouth shut. As someone who made a career out of taking on “the powers-that-be,” I recommend keeping most of your thoughts between you, Our Lord & Our Lady. Your day will come. Just not yet.
    Be assured of my prayers.

  10. Kerry says:

    Dear Seminarians, Oohrah and Viva Christo Rey! (The two greatest institutions in the world are the Marine Corps and the Catholic Church.)
    In my prayers for priests after “all Seminarians throughout the world” I will insert, “and all seminarians in the Birettas for Seminarians program”.

  11. Thomas Sweeney says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with this inspiring seminarian. There can be nothing this side of heaven than a truly holy priest. We laymen may not express ourselves as we should, but the presence of a good priest is like a present from the Holy Ghost. In our world, with all of its distractions, to know that there are men serving a calling, beyond most of our comprehension, is worthy of praise and humility.

  12. wanda says:

    Dear Seminarians, Be assured of so many prayers for you and your brothers. Oh, how we need you and are waiting for you. Our children and our grandchildren have need of you. Be of good courage, we’re out here praying for you.

  13. crownvic says:

    it only takes about 10 people in a church to change it. The problem is we remain silent. Good men like these need our vocal support and our prayers. 10 people to join parish councils, worship committees etc and we can slowly, brick by brick, restore the Church.

  14. rbbadger says:

    Dear Seminarian:

    Thank you for saying yes to God’s call. Please know that there are many of us praying for you. I do not get the opportunity to do so very often, because the people in my parish are so good about having Masses offered for their deceased loved ones, but when I do have a day with no previously scheduled intentions, I do offer Masses for those men still in formation.

    Formation can be difficult and my own journey was very difficult. No matter what ugliness and nastiness you have to endure in the seminary, persevere. The Church needs you and your witness now more than ever. Being able to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to celebrate the other sacraments, especially that of the Sacrament of Penance, made everything I went through worthwhile. So please persevere.

  15. Rocha90 says:

    From one fellow seminarian to another,

    Please know that I am praying for you. There are so many of us currently in different stages of formation who are on the same page. Keep firm in prayer and persevere in your calling. As Fr.Z has said before, “Stay low, smile, and get ordained”. Then the real work begins…..saving souls!

    Please keep both myself and my brother seminarians out here in the west coast, in your prayers as well.

  16. Liz says:

    I will pray for this young man and his brother seminarian at mass this morning and in our family rosary. Please stay encouraged. God bless you!

  17. Liz says:

    Oh, now that I posted that I see that there are others. I will include you in my prayers as well. May God reward you.

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