Seminarian blogs

Published by jellis
at 08/15/2013 - 6:23pm

Both Peter and I are fortunate to be able to welcome the new seminarians to Mount St. Mary's this year.  Each year around 20 of the seminarians at the Mount arrive early to help welcome our new seminarians for the first time.  Going off to seminary can be quite an intense and frightening experience; some guys are very unsure of their attempt to study for the priesthood.  Other guys may feel that they are called to be priests, but are very unsure of packing up and moving halfway across the country.  Other guys are wary of giving up their homes to move into a dorm room.

Published by jellis
at 08/06/2013 - 9:35am

It's that time of year where seminarians finish up their summer assignments and getting ready to head back to school.  Typically, we are assigned to a parish in the diocese during the months of June and July, and we work with the pastor and priests to try to help out, and to gain an experience of ministry in a parish.  Each summer is usually in a different parish, so that we have a breadth of experience by the time we are ordained priests.

Published by jellis
at 07/30/2013 - 6:10pm

Welcome to the new  We have been trying to launch this facelift to our diocesan vocations page for a little while now, and we are finally up and running!  There are likely to be some hiccups along the way, but please be patient with us as we aim to provide more information about vocations and discernment to the priesthood of the Diocese of Norwich.

Please poke around and let us know what you think!

Published by jficara
at 10/07/2012 - 3:10pm


On Thursday this past week, at the Altar of the Chair at St. Peter's Basilica, the NAC community gathered together with over 1500 family members and friends to celebrate the ordination of 33 fourth year men to the transitional diaconate by Archbishop Myers of Newark.  Each year we anticipate this blessed and grace-filled occasion, and each year the Lord does not disappoint!

33 men laid down their lives this week in the service of Christ and His Church.  

Published by jellis
at 07/16/2012 - 11:41am

For my second summer assignment as a seminarian, I had the good fortune to be stationed at St. Patrick Parish, Mystic, CT.  For two months, I have been assisting at the parish, meeting the parishioners, and in general, getting a feel for parish life.  Everyone has been so kind and helpful, and I am not sure that I could be more blessed (not only do I get to spend the school year at an amazing seminary learning about our Lord, but then I get to spend my summer is Mystic!).  Fr. Kevin Reilly, the pastor of St.

Published by jellis
at 10/30/2011 - 3:36pm

Two weeks ago, our seminary had a week off for our Fall Break.  I joined 22 of my seminarian brothers as we travelled to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia for our second "Evangelization Trip".  Wearing clerical shrits and collars, our job was to "cold call" different university students by inviting them to talk with us about religion in general, and the Catholic Church in particular.  This extracurricular activity has a two-fold purpose: (1) to reach out to people and spread the gospel, as Jesus calls us to do (Matthew 28: 19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations");...

Published by jficara
at 09/18/2011 - 9:51am


Published by jellis
at 09/16/2011 - 6:54pm

Today, I got to do something that most seminarians do not get a chance to do.. visit a mosque!  As part of my Islamic Philosophy coursework, my class (mostly university students) and I got to visit a mosque.  We witnessed traditional Friday afternoon prayers, and our hosts fed us a fine meal in the adjoining community center.  After lunch, their vice president of outreach sat down for a chat with us, and answered some of our questions. 

Published by jficara
at 09/10/2011 - 4:37am

We’ll here we go – round 2 – second year of theology, second year in Rome.  It’s been a whirlwind so far and I look forward to sharing and reflecting upon my experiences in the City and at the College as the year unfolds.  

This year will surely be one to remember – we are roughly 250 in the house now and the new man class tops all in recent history with 76 men!   The energy in the house is palpable and there is an excitement present that radiates through halls as we gather together once more to begin another academic year in the Eternal City.  Praise God. 

Published by jellis
at 09/04/2011 - 2:57pm

The first two years of a seminary education are typically spent studying philosophy, not theology.  Blessed Pope John Paul II described the value of a philosophical education in his papal encyclical Fides et Ratio of 1998, where he specified that "faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth."